One person is dead and another has been flown to a Wichita hospital after a southeast Kansas crash at a highway junction, troopers said.
Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Rick Wingate said an SUV and commercial motor vehicle collided at around 4:37 p.m. Monday at the junction of U.S. 400 and K-39 in Wilson County. The junction is about 7 miles northwest of Fredonia, or about 80 miles east of Wichita.
“One of the individuals was pronounced dead at the Fredonia Regional Hospital, another individual has been transported to a hospital by helicopter to Wesley (Medical Center) in Wichita for treatment,” Wingate said in a Facebook post.
Investigators determined that a 2010 Volvo Semi and a 2015 GMC Acadia were eastbound on U.S. 400, troopers wrote in a crash report. The SUV slowed to turn onto K-39, and the semi “was unable to slow down and struck (the SUV).” Both vehicles ended up in the ditch after the collision.
A passenger in the SUV was killed. He was identified in the crash report as Jackie Dean Millikan, 76, of Buffalo. The driver of the Acadia was identified as Marilyn K. Millikan, 74, of Buffalo. She had a suspected serious injury.
The semi driver had no apparent injury, according to the crash report. He was identified by KHP as Valeriy V. Grinev, 53, of Ephrata, Pennsylvania.
The critical highway accident response team investigated the wreck, Wingate said.