Jan 30, 2020 10:17 PM

Four hospitalized after Harvey County crash

Posted Jan 30, 2020 10:17 PM

HARVEY COUNTY — Four people were injured in an accident just before 1 p.m. Thursday in Harvey County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2019 Kenworth T800 Truck driven by  James L. Striplin, 44, Newton, was southbound on Halstead Road, when the driver  attempted to turn eastbound onto NW 12th Street and failed to yield to a 2015 Hyundai Sonata driven by Chad John Pettera, 44, Wichita.  The Hyundai entered the ditch and rolled onto its roof.

EMS transported Pettera and passengers Erin Lynn, Pettera, 44; Tyler Christian Pettera, 14, and John Clayton Pettera, 18, all of Wichita to St. Francis Medical Center.

Striplin was not injured. All five were properly restrained at the time of the accident, according to the KHP.

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Controlled burns along 69th Avenue on Friday

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Hutchinson Fire Department will begin its controlled burning in areas north of the city starting Friday, if weather permits.

The department is wanting to burn off several areas along roads to give them a better chance of cutting off wildfires. Fire Chief Steve Beer says they will be burning along E. 69th Avenue, north of the Sand Hills State Park. Beer says the department was out meeting with residents in that area on Wednesday.

The plan is to do a test burn in the morning to make sure conditions are favorable. If so the controlled burn should start around 1:30 p.m.

Beer says the other areas along Plum and 82nd Avenue will be burned off in the next week or two depending on weather conditions.