Two injured in Russell County crash on I-70

Kansas Highway Patrol (KSN photo)
Kansas Highway Patrol (KSN photo)

RUSSELL COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Two people were injured, one of them critically, in a two-vehicle crash on I-170 in Russell County Monday morning.

An EagleMed helicopter shown landing on I-70 in Russell County, Kan. following an injury crash on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (Photo courtesy KHP)
An EagleMed helicopter shown landing on I-70 in Russell County, Kan. following an injury crash on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (Photo courtesy KHP)

The crash occurred about 4 miles west of Russell shortly before 9 a.m. when a 2006 Lexus traveling eastbound struck a semi-tractor trailer that was legally parked on the shoulder of the road.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reports the semi was broken down and had its emergency flashers and reflective triangles deployed when the Lexus drove onto the shoulder and struck the rear corner of the trailer.

Troopers say the right front corner of the car was separated from the rest of the vehicle in the crash. The car went under the trailer and broke its axle away, then crossed the eastbound lanes and came to rest against the opposite eastbound guard rail.

A 23-year-old Missouri man who was laying down in the back seat of the Lexus was ejected and later airlifted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Wesley was not able to provide an update on the man’s condition.

The 27-year-old California man driving the car was taken to Russell Regional Hospital.