Nine vehicles are involved in two crashes in Salina within the span of about an hour late Wednesday afternoon.
Salina Master Police Officer Rande Repp tells KSAL News that the first crash involved five vehicles. It happened at around 4:00 in the area of Magnolia and South 9th Street.
According to Repp, a vehicle was headed south on 9th Street when the driver fell unconscious due to a medical condition. He rear-ended a car, and pushed it into a mini-van. The car then continued south across Magnolia and struck a third vehicle that was in the left turn lane.
Following the second collision, a passenger in the vehicle of the unconscious driver attempted to shift it into park, but instead shifted it into reverse. The car shot backwards about 200 feet and hit a fourth vehicle.
The unconscious driver was transported to Salina Regional Health Center. His name was not immediately available. No one else was seriously injured.
The second crash, which involved four vehicles, happened about an hour later near the intersection of Crawford and Phillips Streets.
Salina Police Officer Matt Gawith tells KSAL News that a BMW convertible was headed east. It rear-ended a mini-van that was stopped behind two cars, and started a chain reaction crash that involved all four vehicles.
Three people were transported to the hospital, including the driver of the BMW, the driver of the mini-van, and a passenger in the mini-van. None of the injuries were life threatening.
Gawith says that the driver of the BMW, identified as 26-year-old Leah Hendrix, could be cited.