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Todd Pittenger - May 22, 2015 6:59 pm

A woman miraculously avoided serious injury when a crash knocked her SUV off Interstate 70, and left it upside down in a ditch with water in it.

Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Derrick Thompson told KSAL News at the scene that the crash involved a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV and a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

The pickup was pulling onto the interstate from North 9th Street, heading west. As the truck was still on the  ramp, it was hit by the SUV, which was headed west on I 70 and veered to its right.

The SUV glanced off the truck, veered down a steep embankment, crashed through a fence, trees, and brush. It ended up on its top, in a pool of water, in a ditch.

The  SUV driver, identified as 57-year-old Linda Vaughn from McCook, Nebraska, was trapped inside. She was freed by firefighters, and transported by EMS to Salina Regional Health Center. Thompson said it appeared that she was not seriously injured.

The driver of the pickup, 42-year-old Jimmy Branham of Salina, was not hurt.

The crash happened at 5:10 Friday evening, just west of the 9th Street Exit on I 70.




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