McCUNE — Two drivers were injured, one seriously, in an accident Thursday afternoon that involved four vehicles. The wreck closed the highway and required traffic to be diverted at U.S. 59 in Parsons.
The accident happened at 1:13 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 400 nearly 1 1/2 miles west of McCune, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
A pickup driven by Charles T. Graver, 67, McCune, and a semi-tractor trailer driven by Royce A. Rothfusz, 48, of Oswego, were both westbound on the highway about mile east of the Labette County line.
A Chevrolet Equinox driven by Gerry R. Brunton, 58, Rolla, Missouri, and a semi-tractor trailer driven by Travis G. Burks, 48, Springfield, Missouri, were both eastbound. When approaching South 30th Street (a Crawford County road about 1 1/3 miles east of the Labette County line), Graver began passing another vehicle. Graver’s pickup collided with Brunton’s SUV head-on in the eastbound lane at South 30th and U.S. 400.
Burks tried to avoid the wreckage but struck the front of the SUV. Rothfusz tried to avoid the wreckage and ran off the road to the right to avoid a collision with Burks.
Graver was taken to Via Christi in Pittsburg with suspected minor injuries. Brunton had suspected serious injuries and was taken to Via Christi as well. Burks and Rothfusz had no apparent injuries.
All drivers wore seat belts.