A truck driver was hurt in a single vehicle crash on interstate 135 near Salina Tuesday afternoon, and a driver of a small car was hurt a short time later in a second crash in the same area.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 37-year-old Michael Vetter of Abilene was driving a semi north on Interstate 135. The semi lost a tire, struck it, entered the median and rolled. The truck came to rest upside down in the southbound lanes.
Vetter was transported by EMS to the hospital in Salina.
The crash happened at 2:40 Tuesday afternoon, just north of the Magnolis Street exit on Interstate 135.
A second crash happened 17 minutes later. The patrol says that a car slowing down as it approached the accident scene was rear ended by a semi.
The driver of the car, 18-year-old Lydia Shaw of Salina was hurt. She was transported by EMS to the hospital in Salina.
Near 3pm this afternoon, a semi reportedly blew a tire and the debris may have hit another vehicle, causing that vehicle to swerve and roll. This prompted a second accident involving a semi truck and passenger car. According to Chief Larry Mullikin, the second accident occurred due to the failure of the semi slowing for the initial accident, and rear-ending the passenger car. As soon as there are more details on these accidents and that information comes available, KSAL will give those updates.