Two-vehicle crash in Jackson County sends 4 to hospital with serious injuries

Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 8:46 AM CDT
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MAYETTA, Kan. (WIBW) - Four people -- including two children -- were transported to a Topeka hospital with serious injuries after a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Jackson County.

The crash was reported at 7:42 a.m. Tuesday at 158th Road and US-75 highway.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck was eastbound on 158th Road and was crossing US-75 highway when it was struck by a 2005 Infiniti G car that was northbound on US-75.

The driver of the pickup truck was identified as Rachael Louise McCoy, 29, of Holton.

Jackson County sheriff’s officials said McCoy was ejected from the vehicle.

McCoy was transported by ambulance to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka. The patrol said she wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

Two children in the pickup truck also sustained serious injuries and also were taken to Stormont Vail, authorities said. The patrol said neither child was wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the Infiniti, Waye A. Dunn, 83, of Lyndon, also had critical injuries and was taken to Stormont Vail, authorities said. Dunn was wearing a seat belt.

The pickup truck sustained extensive front-end damage and came to rest facing southwest in the northbound lanes of US-75 highway.

The Infiniti also had major front-end damage and came to rest facing north in the east ditch of US-75, just north of 158th Road.

Northbound traffic on US-75 was being diverted through Mayetta as crews cleared the scene.

US-75 is a four-lane, divided highway at the location of the crash. The highway has a 70 mph speed limit at that location.

There are a number of road crossings along the divided highway in both southern Jackson and northern Shawnee counties.

Tuesday morning’s crash occurred at the 158th Road crossing, which leads to the city of Mayetta.

Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse said a number of crashes have been reported at road crossings on US-75 highway.

“Over the years,” Morse said, “we’ve had a number of serious accidents in this particular area.”

Morse said crashes have occurred where 162, 158 and 150 roads crossed US-75.

Morse noted that “there have been some modifications” at 150 Road that helped improve safety in that area.

Morse urged motorists to slow down at intersections and watch for vehicles entering the roadway.

The Kansas Highway Patrol and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to Tuesday’s crash.

Check later for more details.

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