Two Emporia residents were in a Wichita hospital with serious injuries Sunday, after a Saturday night collision on the Kansas Turnpike in Butler County.

A Kansas Highway Patrol report says Cristal Delarosa, 35, was heading south on Interstate 35 about 10:15 p.m. She changed lanes about five miles south of Cassoday. That led to a collision with a pickup truck driver from Oklahoma City.

Delarosa was taken to Wesley Healthcare for treatment, So was a passenger in her vehicle, Mauricio Morales, 16, of Emporia. The medical center confirmed Sunday that both people were admitted, but no word was available on their conditions.

Pickup driver Gerald Tims, 60, was treated at an El Dorado hospital. His injuries are described as minor. No one else was in his truck.

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I was driving this route from Minnesota to TX, and came accross this scene shortly after it occurred. A young man with Wisconsin plates was a hero in helping Mauricio unlock the damaged door,and exit the vehicle to the side of the road. It was cold and he was in shock, but the kindness of other strangers helped him right away. The young man from Wisconsin also helped Cristal stay conscious and did a great job reassuring her until first responders arrived. We all pitched in, but the young man from Wisconsin was in charge, and stepped up--big time--until the awesome first responders arrived. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved, and I know any of us who were there will remember the serious nature of this accident, and hope that Cristal, Mauricio, and Mr. Tims are fully recovering. God bless, and special thanks to the young man with the Wisconsin plates!!

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