The driver of an SUV was injured Monday after she was involved in an accident with both a semi truck and trailer and a passenger bus on the Kansas Turnpike.
At about 3:25 p.m., emergency crews responded to an injury accident near mile-marker 119.5 southbound on the KTA.
According to a report by the Kansas Highway Patrol, 35-year-old Sophea Phol of Wichita was driving a 2014 Mazda CX9 southbound in the outside lane of travel on the Kansas Turnpike. For unknown reasons, she stopped the vehicle and backed up, turning broadside in the lane of travel.
At the same time, a 2020 Freightliner semi truck and trailer driven by 47-year-old Brian Chamberlain of Beloit, Wisconsin, was in the outside lane of travel and struck Phol’s vehicle on the driver’s side area. After being struck, Phol began to travel north in the southbound, outside lane. Her vehicle collided with the front, passenger corner of a 2017 IRIZ commercial bus driven by 61-year-old Jesus Ramirez of El Paso, Texas.
Phol was the only one who sustained serious injuries and was transported to Newman Regional Health. The other two drivers and seven passengers on the bus did not report any serious injuries. All three drivers were wearing their seatbelts.
The outer lane of the Kansas Turnpike was closed for nearly three hours late Monday afternoon into the early evening hours while law enforcement investigated the crash.