Car/semi head-on crash injures two in Atchison Co

Kansas Highway Patrol

(KAIR)--Two drivers, one from St. Joseph, Missouri driving a Kenworth semi-truck, the other from Charlestown, Illinois, driving a Toyota Corolla, both required hospital transport when their vehicles collided head on early Wednesday morning, on U.S. Highway 59, in Atchison County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol's crash report states that it happened 2-miles northeast of Nortonville, when the Illinois driver, 24-year-old Emmanuel Nnewkwe, driving northeast, went left of center on the highway, into the path of the southwest-bound semi, causing the two to crash head-on.

According to KHP, the impact of the crash sent the Kenworth, driven by 62-year-old Darrel Johnson, into the northwest ditch of the roadway, where it rolled onto its side, hitting a power pole.

Nnewkwe was transported to the University of Kansas Hospital, in Kansas City, Kansas, for the treatment of what KHP calls a suspected serious injury.

Johnson was transported to Amberwell Atchison for examination due to what KHP identifies as a suspected minor injury.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the wreck, which happened shortly after 5:00 Wednesday morning.

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