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Three injured in wreck in Finney Co.

Three injured in wreck in Finney Co.

One man was seriously injured and two people suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident Monday morning in Finney County.

At 2:36 a.m. Monday, Finney County deputies responded to the 5700 block of Old Post Road in reference to a one-vehicle rollover. According to Finney County Sheriff Kevin Bascue, a 2008 Pontiac G6, driven by Omar Hernandez, 32, Garden City, and containing five passengers, was traveling south on Towns Road when Hernandez failed to make the turn where Towns Road curves east into Old Post Road. The vehicle went into the ditch and rolled over before coming to rest on its top facing southwest. The accident report referred to Hernandez' inattentive driving, though no other information was available regarding the cause of the accident.

Four of the people involved in the accident had escaped the vehicle by 2:44 a.m. when deputies arrived on scene. The remaining two had to be extricated from the vehicle by Garden City Fire Department personnel.

Passenger Andres Riojas, 34, Garden City, was transported by Finney County EMS to St. Catherine Hospital, where he was later life-flighted to Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He was in serious condition as of Tuesday.

Another passenger, Lindsey Osborn, 25, Scott City, reported a laceration to the top of her head but was not transported for the injury. Margarita Nieto, 26, Garden City, reported a laceration to her left leg but declined medical attention.

Hernandez and the remaining passengers reported no injuries.

Sublette boy injured in accident

A 12-year-old boy was taken to St. Catherine Hospital Tuesday afternoon following a two-vehicle collision in Haskell County.

Dillon Berg, 12, of Sublette, was taken to the hospital following the accident, which occurred at about 1:50 p.m. on U.S. Highway 83, about eight miles north of Sublette, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

A 2002 Dodge pickup, driven by Danny W. Kelley, 31, Lawton, Okla., was northbound on U.S. 83 when it slowed to turn left onto County Road 110.

Another vehicle, a 2004 Chevy Suburban, driven by Johnny Berg, 37, of Sublette, was northbound on U.S. 83 when it began to pass the pickup. Johnny Berg realized Kelley was turning and tried to steer back to the right, according to the KHP. Berg rear-ended a trailer being pulled by Kelley's pickup.

Three other passengers, in addition to Johnny Berg, were not injured, according to the KHP. They included Maria Berg, 39; Zylan Berg, 6; and Colton Berg, 3.

All the passengers except Dillon Berg were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision, acording to the KHP.

Kelley, the driver of the pickup, also was wearing a seat and was not injured, according to the KHP.

A hospital official would not release information on Dillon Berg's condition on Tuesday night.

Plains man injured in Hamilton Co.

A man was hospitalized following a highway accident Tuesday in Hamilton County.

Phillip E. Jacobs, 52, Plains, was transported to Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse following the accident, which occurred at about 12:55 p.m. along U.S. Highway 50 about four miles east of Coolidge, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

A KHP crash report said Jacobs was driving a Peterbilt semi-trailer west on the highway, when the vehicle crossed the westbound shoulder and hit a guardrail on a bridge. The trailer and front of the power unit went over the guardrail and the trailer came to a rest in the bottom of the drainage ditch, according to the KHP. In addition, the power unit ended up on the guardrail over the drainage ditch.

According to the KHP, Jacobs was wearing a seat belt. Hospital officials had no information about Jacobs' condition late Tuesday.

Handgun, jewelry stolen from home

Garden City police are investigating a residential burglary that occurred late last week that resulted in the theft of a handgun and jewelry.

Officers responded at 4:15 a.m. Saturday to a residence in the 2300 block of North Seventh Street in reference to a prior burglary. Police discovered a person had entered through the window of the residence and stolen several items, including a money collection, jewelry and a .22-caliber handgun. Dresser drawers also were damaged in the incident.

The loss is estimated at $3,718. No arrests have been made.

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