HOLTON, Kan. (AP) A northeast Kansas high school cheerleader is expected to undergo at least two more surgeries after her team’s van rolled off an icy road and into a ditch.
WIBW-TV reports Christa Merriman already has had surgery to reconstruct her nose after the accident Friday night as she and fellow Holton cheerleaders were coming home from a game. The van carrying Christa, three teammates and their supervisor hit black ice on a bridge just north of Topeka and went into the ditch.
Christa says everyone had their seatbelts on but she somehow ended up in a storage part of the van.
She was still in the hospital Monday evening and says she will have at least two surgeries to fix fractured vertebrae and a ruptured disk.