LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) – A man from Topeka and another from Guatemala were both hospitalized following a morning collision on I-70 near Lawrence.
The Kansas Highway Patrol incident log indicates that at approximately 5:50 a.m. Sunday, February 19, 911 crews were called to the milepost 191 area on westbound I-70 with reports of a collision.
When officials arrived, they said they found a 2004 Chevrolet Impala driven by Rolando Eder-Perez, 20, of Guatemala, which had drifted onto its shoulder, veered back onto the road and struck a delineator post. Eder-Perez then overcorrected and the car hit a barrier wall causing it to flip over and land in a lane of traffic.
As crews responded to the first incident, KHP noticed a 2008 Jeep Patriot driven by Alejandro Roman-Garcia, 24, of Topeka had headed west and struck the overturned vehicle which forced it into a second lane of traffic.
Officials said the impact caused the Jeep to hit a barrier wall and land in the same lane the Impala had previously occupied.
KHP indicated that Roman-Garcia was taken to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka with suspected serious injuries while Eder-Perez was taken to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City also with suspected serious injuries.