Archive for Wednesday, April 25, 2007

I-70 wreck sends Tonganoxie driver to hospital

April 25, 2007

A Tonganoxie woman was taken to a Topeka hospital Friday after she was involved in a wreck that for a time shut down Interstate 70 west of Topeka.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said 45-year-old Patti J. Hein, Tonganoxie, was driving a 2004 Ford Expedition about 6:50 p.m. west on I-70 and drifted off the right shoulder and struck the guard rail, overcorrected to the left and drove across both lanes through the other guard rail, over the embankment and rolled, coming to rest in Blacksmith Creek.

The accident occurred about five miles west of Topeka.

She was transported by air ambulance to St. Francis Hospital where she was treated and released.

According to KHP reports, Hein was not wearing a seatbelt.

KTKA 49 in Topeka was reporting Hein's wreck and another left drivers struck in traffic on I-70 for nearly 45 minutes beginning about 7 p.m. Friday.

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