A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s car was rear-ended by a passing car after he had pulled over to help a disabled vehicle on I-135 in McPherson County on Sunday.
Three people were taken to Newton Medical Center with possible injuries, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash log. The trooper, whose name was not provided, was not in the car and was not injured.
The accident happened shortly after 1 p.m. in the southbound lane at mile marker 46.8, or about half a mile north of Arrowhead Road in McPherson County.
The disabled car was parked in the median, and the trooper had pulled up behind it.
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A 1999 Dodge Dakota driven by Christian Hanson, 20, of Lindsborg was traveling south in the left lane, then moved to the right lane and slowed down, according to the patrol crash log.
A second vehicle, a 2015 Toyota Venza driven by Wichitan Guadalupe Garcia, 60, was also traveling south in the right lane and was unable to slow down, according to the crash log. Her vehicle traveled to the left into the median and struck the trooper’s car, which in turn caused the trooper’s vehicle to strike the stopped 2013 Toyota Corolla.
Garcia and two passengers – Jorge Concha, 61, and Alexa Flores, 9 – were taken to the hospital.