Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ottawa man in ICU after wreck

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 3/7/2014

An Ottawa man was in intensive care and in critical condition Friday morning after a three-vehicle wreck Thursday morning on I-35.

Samuel Smith, 21, Ottawa, remained at Overland Park Regional Medical Center Friday, hospital officials said.

Smith was driving a blue 1988 Ford F-150 Thursday morning, as he escorted a 2002 Ford F-550 driven by Jayson Quinones, 29, Ottawa, according to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol. Quinones’s vehicle needed an escort because it was unable to maintain highway speed because of mechanical issues, the report said.

A 2013 Volvo semi with an attached trailer loaded with Arm & Hammer liquid soap driven by Shergill Singh, 40, Chowchilla, Calif., was southbound on I-35 when it rear-ended Smith’s vehicle at about 9:55 a.m. Thursday at milemarker 191.6. Smith’s vehicle then collided with Quinones’s vehicle. Smith’s vehicle came to rest in the ditch on the southbound side of I-35, with Quinones’s vehicle at rest in the median, the report said.

Smith’s vehicle suffered the most damage, Master Trooper Neil Stanley, with the Kansas Highway Patrol, said.

“The blue Ford was severely damaged,” Stanley said. “It did not look like a truck [after the wreck]. The F-550 sustained damaged to the flat bed. The semi had severe front-end damage.”

Smith was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center Thursday with “disabling injuries.” It was not known whether he was wearing a seat belt, the report said. Singh was not injured and was wearing a seat belt, the report said.

Quinones’s vehicle had three passengers — Tomas Torres, 38, Ottawa, Abel Rodriguez, 24, Ottawa, and Abel Martinez, 46, Ottawa. Torres and Martinez were transported to Ransom Memorial Hospital, 1301 S. Main St., Ottawa, and were treated and released Thursday, Ransom officials said. Quinones and Rodriguez were uninjured, the report said. All four occupants of Quinones’s vehicle were wearing seat belts, the report said.

No citations were listed, as of Friday morning, but Stanley said the investigation was ongoing.

The southbound lane of I-35 was closed to traffic from about 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday from the crash site north to the Wellsville exit at milemarker 198, Stanley said.

Kansas Highway Patrol, as well as Franklin County Sheriff officers, Franklin County Emergency officials, the Wellsville Fire Department and the Lincoln-Ottawa-Harrison Fire Department were on scene at the crash Thursday, Stanley said.

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