U.S. 75 rush hour accident injures Carbondale man, closes highway

Two passenger vehicles and a truck and semi-trailer were involved in a collision that sent a Carbondale man to the hospital with injuries and closed U.S. Highway 75 in Osage County for more than an hour Wednesday morning in the midst of commuter traffic.

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, Michael C. Finton, 47, Carbondale, was driving a 1999 Dodge Ram van southbound about 6:40 a.m. March 22, 2017, one-tenth mile north of 189th Street on U.S. 75, when his vehicle collided with a southbound 2013 Kenworth, driven by Joshua Paul Riggles, 22, Mayetta, that was stopped to turn east on 189th Street.  Finton’s vehicle then collided with a northbound 2004 Chevrolet Venture driven by Delbert L. Ramsey, 51, Lyndon.

Finton was transported to Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, with unspecified injuries, according to the KHP report. Neither Riggles or Ramsey were injured. All vehicle occupants were using safety restraints when the accident occurred.

After the accident, traffic was backed up more than a mile to the south, and southbound traffic was diverted to other roads while the scene was cleared and investigated. The Kansas Department of Transportation issued a road closure notice, encouraging drivers to choose other routes. The highway was reopened about 8 a.m. and returned to normal operating conditions.

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