May 19, 2020 4:41 PM

Gas prices beginning to rise, still lower than usual for Memorial Day

Posted May 19, 2020 4:41 PM

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Gasoline prices are beginning to rise, but not as fast as they might in a normal year.

"We are starting to see an upswing with demand," said Shawn Steward with AAA Kansas. "That's translated over the last couple of weeks to increases at the pumps. Prices are on the upswing. This week, nearly every state pushed more expensive than we saw last week. That is mostly due to states and businesses reopening."

These are still the cheapest gas prices headed into the Memorial Day holiday since 2003.

"Today's national average is $1.88," Steward said. "In Kansas, the average is $1.58, which is seventh cheapest in the country."

Reno County's average as of Tuesday is $1.55 with Hutchinson in the $1.52 to $1.55 range.

"Certainly, it is going to take awhile for demand to get back where it typically is this time of year," Steward said. "We are seeing a slow increase in that, which is reflected in that modest increase at the gas pumps that we've been seeing over the last week or two."

This week also brings an end to the EPA's waiver on the sale of winter blend gasoline. Summer blend gasoline is more expensive to make, so prices may go up on that fact alone.

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UPDATED: Injury accident closes portion of US-50 for several hours Tuesday

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — An accident on Highway 50 Tuesday morning sent two people to the hospital.

According to the Reno County Sheriff's Office, at 7:34 a.m. Tuesday, a deputy was dispatched to the 7600 block of East U.S. 50 where 22-year-old Chase Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer of Mayetta was driving a white 2013 Jeep Patriot and passed a 2017 black Honda Accord driven by 42-year-old Elizabeth Touzel of Hutchinson.

The Mayetta woman began driving erratically after passing, crossed the center line and continued into the westbound lane, where she collided head on with a semi. The 2011 semi was driven by 56-year-old Phillip Adams of Orrick, Mo.

Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer’s vehicle then collided with Touzel's vehicle. The semi exited the roadway and ended up in the north ditch. Touzel's vehicle exited the roadway and ended up in the south ditch. Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer's vehicle remained on the roadway.

Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer was wearing her seatbelt. The airbags deployed, and she was trapped in her vehicle. She was airlifted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Touzel was transported by Reno County EMS to the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. She was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident and airbags deployed.

Adams sustained minor injuries and declined treatment by EMS. He was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.

Both lanes of U.S. 50 were opened back up around 3 p.m. Tuesday. The accident is still under investigation.