2 injured in wreck that closed U.S. 24 near Wamego

(WIBW) - One person was flown to an area hospital, while another was taken by ambulance, following a Wednesday afternoon wreck in Pottawatomie Co. that shut down U.S. 24 in both directions.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded shortly after 1 p.m. to reports of a two-vehicle crash on the eastbound lanes of the highway, near the Columbian Road intersection.

When they arrived, emergency crews found two Wamego women still trapped in their 2008 Saturn Vue and were able to free them. The driver, Joyce Martin, 79, was taken via Life Flight to a Topeka hospital, while her passenger, Sonja Peterson, 70, went to a hospital in Manhattan.

The Camry's driver, 19-year-old Ethan Chehe, of Manhattan, was treated at the scene and released.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The Sheriff’s Office did say the two individuals taken to the hospital had been heading west on U.S. 24 and were in the process of turning left onto Columbian Road at the time, while the other vehicle was eastbound at the time.

The highway was closed for approximately 90 minutes before reopening around 2:45 p.m.