One taken to hospital after Wednesday morning crash on US-75 north of Topeka

Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 9:19 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A three-car, chain-reaction crash on a rain-slickened highway sent one person to a local hospital and slowed rush-hour traffic Wednesday morning just north of Topeka.

The collision was reported at 8 a.m. Wednesday on southbound N.W. US-75 highway, just north of the junction with US-24 highway.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2002 Honda Accord struck the rear of a 2012 Nissan Altima, which then struck the rear of a 2012 Mazda 6.

The patrol said the Nissan and Mazda were slowing down at the time of the collision.

The driver of the Mazda, Melissa Jean Weir, 40, of Holton, was taken to Stormont Vail Hospital by American Medical Response ambulance with minor injuries.

The driver of the Nissan, Michael Algernon Wamego, 17, of Holton, and the driver of the Honda, Joel Isaac Cobler, 20, of Meriden, were reported uninjured.

The patrol said all of the drivers, who were alone in their cars, were wearing their seat belts.

After the collision, two of the cars came to rest in the grassy median separating north- from southbound traffic on US-75. Another car came to rest near the left southbound shoulder of US-75.

Southbound and northbound traffic was allowed to proceed through the area in a single lane as crews cleared the scene.

The Kansas Highway Patrol, the Soldier Township Fire Department and American Medical Response ambulance responded to the scene.

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