Jan 11, 2020 11:00 AM

KHP: No serious injuries after 11-vehicle crash on icy bridge

Posted Jan 11, 2020 11:00 AM

Eleven vehicle crash Friday on icy roads in Riley County  photo courtesy WIBW TV

RILEY COUNTY —Slick roads just after 4:30p.m. Friday cause a multi-vehicle crash in Riley County that closed the highway in both directions for a couple of hours.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2000 Nissan Frontier driven by Keaton J. Lind, 22, Everett, WA., was westbound on Kansas 18 eight miles west of Manhattan.

The driver lost control of the vehicle on the icy bridge. The vehicle struck the bridge rails on both sides of the roadway. This caused a chain reaction collision involving ten other vehicles which could not slow or stop due to the icy bridge surface.

The accident included 17 adults and three children.   The KHP reported Shardae Pigue, 32, Manhattan, possibly had a minor injury. EMS did not transport anyone to a local hospital, according to the KHP.

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Jan 11, 2020 11:00 AM
Police catch 2 drug suspects driving on the wrong side of Kan. road
Gutierrez photo Cowley County Sheriff 

COWLEY COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating two suspects on drug charges after a traffic stop.

On December 7, a police officer conducted a traffic stop on vehicle in the 500 block of North Sixth Street in Arkansas City for driving on the wrong side of the roadway, according to a media release.

The vehicle had three occupants.

During the traffic stop, the officer determined that the tag on the vehicle had expired and the vehicle had an open title that did not show proper ownership or proof of insurance.

Because the vehicle could not be operated legally on a city street, officers conducted an inventory of the vehicle prior to its being towed from the scene. During this search, they discovered items of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.

Further investigation led to the arrest of two of the passengers. Larry Charles Armstrong Jr., 37, Ponca City, Oklahoma, was arrested on requested charges of one felony count each of no drug tax stamp and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

They also arrested Jamie Hugo Gutierrez, 26, Ponca City, Oklahoma, on requested charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Both Armstrong and Gutierrez remained in custody.