Three people were hurt, one of them critically, in a four-vehicle crash during the noon hour on Monday.
Salina Police Sgt. Mike Miller told KSAL News at the scene that the crash was caused by a Ford Mustang driving recklessly at a high rate of speed.
According to Miller, the Mustang was speeding north on Ohio. It ran a red light at the intersection of Ohio and Republic, and collided with a Pontiac G6 that was headed west on Republic, crossing Ohio to make a left turn. Two vehicles that were stopped at the red light in the northbound lanes of Ohio were then hit by the two vehicles that collided.
Miller says that three people were transported to Salina Regional Health Center.
Two of the people injured were treated at the hospital and released. They are 54-year-old John Newman, a passenger in the G6 and also 47-year-old Charles Peters from Lindsborg.
The third injured person, identified as 53-year-old Dianna Boos of Salina, was in critical condition. She was in surgery late Monday afternoon in Salina before being transferred to a Wichita hospital.
The driver of the Mustang, 18-year-old Hunter Burns, was not seriously injured. Neither was a 15-year-old Jorden Lehman, a passenger in the car.
Miller says that the Mustang may have been racing a white pickup truck, which did not stop. The Mustang also may have been involved in a wreck a short time earlier, hitting a guide wire in the area of Belmont and Robin Road.
As of Tuesday morning, the accident is still under investigation. Police say that no arrests have been made, but it’s likely that Burns could receive some citations.