Woman taken to hospital after crash Thursday morning on I-470 in southwest Topeka

Published: Feb. 25, 2021 at 7:08 AM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A single-vehicle crash Wednesday morning sent a woman to the hospital and slowed traffic on Interstate 470 in southwest Topeka, authorities said.

The crash was reported at 7 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-470 just west of the S.W. Fairlawn Road bridge.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2013 black Ford Focus was traveling west in the right lane of I-470 and was preparing to exit onto S.W. Fairlawn Road when the driver oversteered to the left and struck the guard rail on the left side of the highway.

The car, which sustained substantial front-end damage. came to rest facing west in the left westbound lane.

The driver, identified as Erin Marie Auten, 35, of Topeka, was taken by American Medical Response ambulance to St. Francis Hospital for treatment of what the patrol said were possible injuries. The patrol said Auten, who was alone in the car, was wearing a seat belt.

Topeka police and Kansas Highway Patrol personnel responded to the crash scene.

The left lane of I-470 was shut down near the crash scene as emergency personnel responded to the incident. Motorists were allowed to proceed slowly through the area in the right lane.

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