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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Early morning accident injures two men | Patrol car struck, officer uninjured

Posted: June 22, 2013 - 4:55am
Updated: June 22, 2013 - 5:51am

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The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating after a three vehicle accident left two people injured this morning in Bonner Springs.

Troopers say accident occurred at 2:40 a.m. in the intersection of southbound Kansas Highway 7 and Kansas Avenue, just over half of a mile south of Interstate 70.

Investigators say a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu was southbound on K-7, ran a red light and struck a 1996 Ford Econoline van, that was eastbound on Kansas Avenue, nearly head on.

The force of the collision ejected the driver of the van onto the highway and knocked the van back and into the front bumper of a Bonner Springs Police patrol vehicle, a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, that was traveling behind the van.

Bonner Springs Fire and EMS reported the ejected driver of the van to be in critical condition at the scene and the driver of the car to be seriously injured. The police officer did not report any injuries.

Troopers have identified the driver of the Chevrolet Malibu as, 41-year-old, Erin Jantz of Olathe, Kansas. The driver of the Ford Econoline is, 50-year-old, Monto Cauthron of Kansas City, Kansas. The Bonner Springs Police officer is, 24-year-old, John Marino of Lawrence, Kansas.

The Highway Patrol's accident report says that Mr. Jantz and Officer Marino were both wearing seatbelts when the accident occurred. Mr. Cauthron was not wearing a seatbelt.

Troopers continue to investigate if alcohol may have played a role in the accident's cause.

An additional EMS unit from the Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department assisted on the call and transported one of the injured men.

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