UPDATE: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Police have released the identity of the woman who was killed in a west Wichita crash yesterday.
Around 11 a.m. Monday, three vehicles were involved in an accident at Central and Dougherty, a few blocks west of West Street.
Police say a truck was heading eastbound when the 34-year-old driver from El Dorado crossed the center line and hit a westbound truck that was hauling a trailer. The trailer slid into an antique Plymouth that was also westbound, which was then hit again by the same eastbound truck that crossed the center line.
The driver of the antique Plymouth, 89-year-old Arlene Root, was pinned and killed instantly. Police say her car was not equipped with seat belts. The other two drivers were hurt, but not seriously.
Officers are still trying to determine what led up to the accident and why the driver crossed the center line. Police are asking that anyone who may have seen the vehicles prior to the accident to please contact Detective Kimble at (316) 268-4131.
Monday, June 24, 2013
One person has been killed and two others are injured in an accident in west Wichita.
The accident happened shortly before 11 a.m. Monday on Central at Dougherty, a few blocks west of West Street. A dispatch supervisor confirms one person has been killed. Two others have non-life threatening injuries.
Central is completely closed between Young and Florence while crews investigate the accident, which could take several hours.
People working at a nearby automotive shop said they heard a concussion from the crash, but didn't see it happen. When they looked toward the street, they saw the mangled wreckage of three vehicles.
Eyewitnesses said they tried to help an elderly lady in an old antique car, but that they believed she was killed on impact. That woman is believed to be in her 80's, although her name has not been released.