Lyon County Sheriff

A rollover accident on I-35 caused minor and severe injuries for seven car occupants Wednesday morning. The car rolled over on I-35 southbound just east of the Neosho Rapids and Hartford exit, according to a press release from the Lyon County Sheriff Department.

The accident occurred around 2:45 a.m. The car driver, Eduardo Tovias, 32, of Texas, fell asleep and drifted to the right side of the road, then overcorrected, causing him to lose control of the vehicle, which rolled onto its top.

Lyon County deputies, Emporia/Lyon County EMS and firefighters from Reading, Neosho Rapids and Hartford responded to the accident.

All seven car occupants were transported to Newman Regional Health for minor to severe injuries, though none of the injuries are life threatening. The occupants were all wearing their seat belts.

Seven total people, all from Texas, were inside the car: Tovias, Juan Islas, 60, Narda Martinez Islas, 26, Nereyda Martinez Islas, 27, Martha Ruelas, 53, Manuela Martinez, 54 and Servando Ramiro, 33.

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