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.
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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.
Check Kansas.com for updates.