Two Accidents; One Fatality
At approximately 12:07 the Pratt County Office, Pratt County Emergency Services, and Kansas Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene of a fatality accident involving two vehicles, approximately 11.5 miles east of Pratt. At the same time all the above agencies were also responding to a possible injury accident 5 miles east of Pratt, to a semi that had jack knifed in the road and was blocking west bound traffic.
On arrival at the fatality an 18 year old female from Pratt was dead at the scene and was the driver and of a 1998 BMW. A passenger in the BMW, 20 year old Jarrid Rojas of Pratt was injured and transported by Pratt County Emergency Services to Pratt Regional Medical Center and then transferred on to Wichita.
The BMW had been westbound and according to witnesses lost control on the ice, went into the other lane, sliding around making a 180 degree turn and was struck from behind by 2006 Ford Escape, driven by 20 year old Megan Pierson, of Gooding, ID. Pierson was transported to Pratt Regional Medical Center.
Highway 54 east of Pratt and west of Kingman was closed by Kansas Department of Transportation following the accidents due to treacherous conditions and the fact the highway was blocked by wrecked vehicles. Kingman County Emergency Medical Services from Cunningham also assisted at the scene. Pratt County had another non injury accident about mid morning which was two vehicles also east of Pratt, the Kansas Highway Patrol investigated that accident as well as the semi jack knife.
The Pratt Police Department also assisted with blocking eastbound traffic out of Pratt.
The Pratt County Sheriff's Office would like to urge all to slow down when it is snowing and icy on the roadways.