Crime & Courts

Updated: Driver who ran stop sign caused crash that hurt 9 near Clearwater

Update: Nine people including children were hurt after an SUV ran a stop sign and rammed into a sedan during the Wednesday morning commute.

Sedgwick County Lt. Tim Myers said the SUV’s driver was eastbound on 71st Street South near Clearwater when the vehicle ran a stop sign shortly after 7 a.m. The SUV hit a sedan going south on 135th Street West. Four children in the SUV had minor injuries after the collision. The SUV’s driver suffered serious injuries, Myers said.

The sedan was carrying four people, three of whom suffered critical injuries and one of whom was seriously hurt.

Everyone involved was taken to either Wesley Medical Center or Via Christi St. Francis Hospital for treatment. Myers said the SUV’s driver was at fault.

Original story: Multiple injuries have been reported in a traffic crash near Clearwater.

In total, nine people were hurt, including three who suffered critical injuries and two who suffered serious injuries, a Sedgwick County dispatcher said. Others had minor injuries. The dispatcher didn’t know the ages of those hurt or how many vehicles were involved.

The crash was reported at 7:08 a.m. in the area of 71st Street South and 135th Street West, the dispatcher said. The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Traffic was being diverted around the crash site on Wednesday morning.

This is a developing news situation. Check back with later today for more details as they become available.

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Amy Renee Leiker has been reporting for The Wichita Eagle since 2010. She covers crime, courts and breaking news and updates the newspaper’s online databases. You can reach her at 316-268-6644. She’s an avid reader and mom of three in her non-work time.