GREAT BEND, Kan. — Dust storms created by high winds now are blamed for a death in central Kansas, as a series of collisions also injured at least four people.
The Kansas Highway Patrol blames poor visibility for three crashes involving ten vehicles Monday afternoon in Barton County. The three wrecks occurred in a 22-minute span two-tenths of a mile apart, along U.S. Highway 56 seven miles southwest of Great Bend.
The Highway Patrol reports Brandon Stein, 30 of Great Bend, was killed in the second crash. His van hit the back of a trailer, which had stopped in the eastbound lanes to poor visibility. The tractor-trailer driver was listed with a "possible injury."
The worst collision in terms of numbers was the third one, around 4:30 p.m. Six vehicles were involved, including two which had pulled off the highway because of a dust storm. At least two people were injured in that chain-reaction wreck.