Debate squad involved in wreck
Nickerson High School students who were in Tonganoxie for the state debate tournament were injured Saturday in a two-vehicle accident.
The wreck occurred about 2:30 p.m. Saturday west of U.S. Highway 24-40 and North Star Drive, according to Kansas Highway Patrol reports.
Thomas Joseph Harcar, 62, Tonganoxie, was driving a 2001 Mercury sport-utility vehicle west on U.S. 24-40 when his vehicle went left of center and struck a 2003 Chevrolet van owned by Nickerson USD 309. Sara M. Childs, Hutchinson, 39, was driving the vehicle, which was traveling east on U.S. 24-40. Passengers in the van were Jesse B. Porter, 17, South Hutchinson; Austin T. Caswell, 15, Hutchinson; Terra Hyazel Reid, 14, South Hutchinson; Chance D. Jordan, 15, Nickerson; and Nathan J. Hutchison, 15, Hutchinson.
Childs and Caswell were taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center, while Reid, Jordan and Hutchison were taken to Kansas University Hospital. All were treated and released.
Each person involved in the crash was wearing a seat belt, KHP reports said.
Two of the students continued to compete in the tournament after the wreck, said Steve Harrell, Tonganoxie High School debate coach.