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Distracted driver rear-ends semi Tuesday morning on I-35 on Kansas Turnpike, authorities say

A sport utility vehicle driven by a 47-year-old Wichita woman rear-ended a semitrailer Tuesday...
A sport utility vehicle driven by a 47-year-old Wichita woman rear-ended a semitrailer Tuesday morning about 14 miles southwest of Emporia on Interstate 35 along the Kansas Turnpike, authorities said. No serious injuries were reported.(Phil Anderson)
Published: Mar. 1, 2022 at 12:19 PM CST
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EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas Highway Patrol troopers responded to a car-semi collision Tuesday morning on Interstate 35 in Chase County, authorities said.

The crash was reported at 7:20 a.m. on I-35 along the Kansas Turnpike, about 14 miles southwest of Emporia.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox sport utility vehicle was southbound on I-35 when the driver became distracted.

The Equinox then rear-ended a 2022 Freightliner semitrailer that also was headed south on I-35.

The driver of the Equinox, Bonita Rush 47, of Wichita, was reported to have minor injuries. However, there was no record of Rush being transported to the hospital by ambulance. She was wearing her seat belt, the patrol said.

The driver of the semi, Phillip McCurdy, 35, of Lecompte, La., was reported uninjured. The patrol said McCurdy was wearing his seat belt.

Both drivers were alone in their vehicles, the patrol said.

The Chevrolet had to be towed from the scene, the patrol said.

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