Cow causes two vehicle crash west of Cherokee, Kansas; names released of those injured
Updated October 13 at 7:30 AM CST: A cow lying on Highway 400 a little more than three miles west of Cherokee, Kansas is hit by two separate vehicles at around 9:30 PM Friday night.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says the first crash occurred at approximately 9:29 when a Ford Explorer hit the cow lying in the road and went off the road.
The driver of the Explorer, Pamela Brown of Cherokee, and a passenger, William Morrison of Pittsburg, were both taken to Via Christi Hospital with unknown injuries. Their status is not known at this time.
The KHP says neither Brown nor Morrison were wearing seatbelts.
About a minute later the second crash occurred. A Chevy van struck the dead cow, and the driver lost control of the vehicle, drove into the south ditch and struck a tree.
The driver, Clarence Cantrell - age 68 of Grove, was taken to Via Christi with unknown injuries. A passenger, Rebecca Schwartz - age 32 of Grove, was taken to Labette County Medical Center with unknown injuries. Two children in the vehicle, Peter Schwartz - age 1, and Anna Schwartz - age 2, both of Grove, were injured and taken to Freeman Hospital in Joplin with unknown injuries. Peter has been discharged from the hospital while Anna was released from treatment there to be treated elsewhere.
The KHP says neither child in the Chevy van were secured in car seats as required by state law. Troopers are investigating the number of passengers in the van which was reported at 22.
Posted October 13, 2012 at 12:07 AM CST: A Chevy conversion van carrying 22 people and a Ford explorer carrying two people were eastbound on Highway 400 a couple miles west of Cherokee, Kansas when they came upon a dead cow in the road.
Kansas Highway Patrol trooper James Irwin tells us both vehicles hit the cow and both vehicles went off the road.
The incident occurred just east of Highway 400 and NE 10th Street.
As of late Friday evening the Kansas Highway Patrol would not confirm any injuries because they were still investigating the accident.
We will have more information on this incident Saturday on KOAM News at 6.
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