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One critically injured in wrong-way crash on K-96

One person was hospitalized in critical condition tonight after he crashed nearly head-on into another vehicle after driving the wrong way without headlights on two freeways.

Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Gary Warner said emergency dispatchers received a report of a PT Cruiser driving northbound at a high rate of speed in the southbound lanes of I-135 about 9:55 p.m.

The car ended up heading east on the westbound K-96 exit ramp before colliding with another car carrying three people. They were not seriously injured.

The PT Cruiser skidded into a guard rail and caught fire, Warner said, and the driver, who was described as "combative," was subdued and handcuffed by troopers.

Warner said the driver, who apparently was suffering from a medical condition, stopped breathing at one point, and troopers began administering CPR. An ambulance crew then took him to Wesley Medical Center in critical condition.

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