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Three taken to hospital after truck runs off road north of Topeka

Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 8:07 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Three people -- including two children -- were transported to a local hospital after a pickup truck ran off a road and traveled into a ravine Thursday morning just north of Topeka, authorities said.

The crash was reported around 8 a.m. in the 3800 block of N.W. 86th Street. The location was just east of US-75 highway.

Shawnee County sheriff’s officials said a maroon Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck was traveling west on N.W. 86th when it left the north -- or right -- side of the road, struck a guardrail and traveled into a steep ravine.

The truck came to rest facing northeast at an angle against heavy brush near Halfday Creek, which had only a small amount of water in it.

The truck was leaning toward its passenger side where it came to a stop above the creek.

Shawnee County sheriff’s officials at the scene said a man and children ages 13 years and 6 months were in the truck.

Sheriff’s officials said the man was able to get out of the truck and flag down a passerby. The truck was below street level and wasn’t immediately visible to passersby.

The 35-year-old man who was driving the truck, along with the two children who were in it, were transported by American Medical Response ambulance to a Topeka hospital with injuries that weren’t believed to be life-threatening, said Shawnee County sheriff’s spokeswoman Abigail Christian.

Soldier Township Fire Department crews had to extricate the 13-year-old boy from the truck, Christian said.

Traffic was blocked for about an hour on N.W. 86th in the vicinity of the crash as crews responded to the scene.

In addition to the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, the Soldier Township Fire Department and AMR ambulance, the Kansas Highway Patrol also responded to the scene.

The crash remained under investigation late Thursday morning.

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