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I-70 reopens following wrong-way crash in west Topeka

Traffic was reopened on westbound I-70 around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday after a three-vehicle,...
Traffic was reopened on westbound I-70 around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday after a three-vehicle, wrong-way crash shut down the roadway for more than four hours.(WIBW Eric Ives)
Published: Jul. 14, 2021 at 2:39 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Traffic was reopened on westbound I-70 around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday after a three-vehicle, wrong-way crash shut down the roadway for more than four hours.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said the crash occurred just before 1 a.m. when a car was traveling east in the westbound lanes of I-70 just east of the S.W. MacVicar exit.

KHP officials said the car struck a Greyhound bus, which then side-swiped a semi-trailer.

The car’s driver, Heather Carlson, 24, of Tecumseh, was transported to the hospital in critical condition, the patrol said.

No injuries were reported to any of the 35 passengers on the bus, the bus driver, or the driver of the semi, who was from Lawrence.

A passenger in the Greyhound bus told 13 NEWS they were on the way to Los Angeles, with an upcoming stop in Colorado.

Authorities shut down westbound I-70 from S.W. 1st Street to SW MacVicar Avenue while they worked to clear the scene.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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