Three people from Wichita and one from Sedgwick died in a crash between a station wagon and a semi on the Kansas Turnpike late Wednesday, authorities said.
A 2006 Dodge Magnum was heading south on the turnpike about 2.5 miles north of the Oklahoma line when the driver pulled over to the shoulder at 9:20 p.m., according to a Kansas Turnpike Authority dispatcher.
The driver then attempted a U-turn through an opening between the concrete barriers separating north- and southbound traffic. As he was turning, the Magnum was hit by a southbound semi.
At least two people were pinned inside the wreckage, authorities said.
The turnpike authority identified the fatalities as driver Michael Minor, 39, of Sedgwick, and passengers Lindsey Shain, 23, of Wichita; Chad Kingsley, 27, of Wichita; and Johnnette Grimes, 22, of Wichita.
A fourth passenger, Michael Meyer, 27, of Wichita, was flown by medical helicopter to Wesley Medical Center, where he is in critical condition in the surgical intensive care unit, according to a hospital spokesman.
The driver of the semi, 34-year-old Miguel Guzman Hernandez of Wichita, was not hurt. He did not have time to stop when the Magnum turned in front of him, the dispatcher said.
Signs forbidding U-turns are posted next to the openings in the concrete barrier, the dispatcher said.
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