WICHITA, Kan. -- A woman has been seriously injured in a crash on a southwest Wichita highway.
The accident happened shortly after 9 a.m. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the woman was driving northbound on I-235 between Meridian and West Streets when she lost control, over-corrected and rolled several times.
Initial crews on scene reported that she had been ejected from her Buick Rendezvous. She was rushed to an area hospital in critical condition. No one else was hurt, but the highway patrol says this is a good reminder for people to wear their seat belts.
The National Safety Council estimates that 430 people will die in traffic crashes this Thanksgiving weekend. An estimated 160 could be saved with the proper restraints.
"If she had been wearing her seat belt, I believe she would not have been thrown from the car, and possibly she could have saved herself from some injuries," said Joseph Middleton, a trooper with the Kansas Highway Patrol. "Be sure to follow the speed limit. Be aware of vehicles around you. You never know when somebody's going to do what happened here."