Girl dies of injuries in Kellogg accident

WICHITA — A 5-year-old girl has died of injuries she received this afternoon in a head-on collision on Kellogg just west of the downtown flyover.

Police Sgt. Bill Stevens said the accident occurred about 3:45 p.m. when an eastbound car was struck by a pickup that had been traveling west on Kellogg.

Stevens said the truck somehow jumped the concrete barrier that separates the lanes before slamming into the four-door car, which was carrying the girl and her mother.

All three victims were taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, where the girl later died.

The 26-year-old truck driver was ejected during the accident, Stevens said. That driver and the girl's mother were in serious condition.

The eastbound lanes of Kellogg were closed between Seneca and Meridian for several hours while police investigated the accident.

At least one witness said she thought the pickup truck got into the wrong lanes of Kellogg by driving up the off-ramp at the Seneca Street exit.

"I was on Kellogg getting off on Seneca, and he was coming up the wrong way," said the woman, who refused to give her name.

"Everyone was blowing their horns and calling the police."

The woman said she was talking to a dispatcher on her cell phone when the dispatcher asked if anyone had been hurt. As soon as she said "no," she said, she heard the impact.

She said that after the collision, the truck crashed into the concrete barrier, sending the driver through the windshield and across the barrier.

Stevens discounted the woman's account, saying witnesses often have differing perspectives of how an accident occurred.

Police said they initially thought the girl was 2 years old but later learned she was 5.

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