A one -vehicle accident led to the death of a Columbus woman Tuesday morning. When her vehicle apparently hit a patch of ice and the roadway.
Whitney Davis, 44, was killed when her Jeep Liberty left County Road SW 30 and rolled over several times. Initial reports indicate she was ejected through the windshield.
She was transported to Maude Norton hospital and later Medflighted to a Joplin hospital.
The daughter of George and Beverly Koons, of rural Columbus, she was employed at Maude Norton. Hospital
The accident occurred between Messer Road and Clem Road at approximately 10:15 a.m. Information on the direction of travel was not available.
The Medflight Ambulance and local EMS units as well as the Columbus Fire Department assisted at the accident scene.
Further accident information was not available because the administration of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s department is closed for the Christmas holiday.
Mrs. Davis’ funeral will be under the direction of Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus.
Icy weather challenged motorists and public works departments Tuesday in much of Kansas, including a south-central county where two people died in separate accidents.
The two wrecks in Cowley County occurred within 30 minutes of each other at mid-morning, according to reports from the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Kansas Turnpike Authority.
Hal McMaster, 61, was killed when a van he was riding in went out of control on U.S. 77 north of Winfield, hit a tree and caught fire around 9:30 a.m., the patrol said.
McMaster was a resident of an El Dorado home for developmentally disabled adults run by Winfield-based Creative Community Living. Another passenger in the van also a resident of the El Dorado home was admitted to a Wichita hospital, and the driver was treated for injuries but not hospitalized.
On Interstate 35, a 39-year-old Clearwater man was killed shortly after 9 a.m. when the pickup truck he was driving went out of control near Belle Plaine and overturned into a ditch, the Turnpike Authority said.
The victim, Enrique Carrillo-Enriquez, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the truck, the agency said. A 9-year-old boy in the truck was wearing a seat belt but was also injured.
Dozens of collisions and slide offs were reported elsewhere in southern and eastern Kansas roads, including I-35 near Ottawa. So many accidents occurred on U.S. 169 in Johnson County that a heavily traveled stretch was closed temporarily before noon while crews treated the slick pavement.