5 Hurt In Head-On Crash On Kansas Highway Near Great Bend

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GREAT BEND, Kan. (KAKE)— Five people, including two children, were hurt in a head-on crash Thursday morning on a Kansas highway.

The accident happened shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday on US 281 Highway at milepost 102 near Great Bend.

According to the Barton County Sheriff's Office, a Ford Explorer was southbound on 281 when the driver crossed left of center, narrowly missed one northbound vehicle, then hit a northbound Chevrolet Tahoe head-on.

The driver of the Explorer, as well as the driver and front seat passenger of the Tahoe had to be extricated from their vehicles by emergency crews who responded to the scene.

They were rushed to a Great Bend hospital then flown to Wichita for further treatment. The driver of the Explorer has been identified as 26-year-old Lafe Kern of St. John. The driver of the Tahoe is 29-year-old Heather Cash and her passenger was 52-year-old Candace Lampe, both of Pratt. Their current conditions are unknown.

Cash's two children, an eight-month-old and a 3-year-old, were in the backseat of the Tahoe and were not seriously hurt.

The highway was closed for about an hour and a half. The crash is under investigation.