A 32-year-old Wichita passenger in a fiery crash early Tuesday morning remains in critical condition, a hospital official said today.
Three other Wichita men — age 47, 45 and 26 — were also transported to Via Christi on St. Francis with burn injuries. They are in fair condition after the crash, which happened on the Kansas Turnpike near 143rd Street East.
Before the collision, a semi and 1999 Chevrolet SUV were traveling southbound on I-35 at about 1 a.m. The four injured men were riding in the SUV, which was pulling a trailer carrying a Jeep Cherokee, according to the Kansas Turnpike Authority accident report.
The semi driver hit the trailer from behind, and the semi's fuel tank ruptured, according to the report. The semi pulled over and then caught fire.
Flames from the crash were visible from almost a mile away, according to an emergency dispatcher. People at different locations on the Turnpike called in, she said.
Once the trailer was hit, it detached and stopped on the shoulder. The Jeep came off and overturned in the middle of the right lane. The SUV entered a ditch, where it stopped.
The driver of the semi was not transported to the hospital. He is from Gardner.