Jan 14, 2020 10:46 PM

Salina, Bennington men hospitalized after 3-vehicle crash

Posted Jan 14, 2020 10:46 PM
A three-vehicle crash Tuesday in Saline County -photo Kansas Highway Patrol
A three-vehicle crash Tuesday in Saline County -photo Kansas Highway Patrol

SALINE COUNTY —Two people were injured in an accident just after 5:30a.m. Tuesday in Saline County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2015 Freightliner semi driven by Fredrick L. Murphy, 49, Houston, Texas, was southbound on U.S. 81 three miles north of Crawford Street.

The driver attempted to exit west to Interstate 70 and  unintentionally, realizing that was the wrong exit he attempted to enter back onto U. S. 81 south bound.

A 2003 Mitsubishi Gallant driven by Austin S. Gawith, 21, Salina, was in the driving lane of U.S. 81 south bound and was forced to drive under the truck's trailer where the car became lodged.

A 2003 Pontiac Sunfire driven by Ethan D. Schlachter, 19, Bennington, rear-ended the semi.

EMS transported Gawith and Schlachter to Salina Regional Health Center.  All three were properly restrained at the time of the accident, according to the KHP.