JUNCTION CITY — Three people were hospitalized Friday evening after a train-vehicle collision in Junction City.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says just after 5:30 p.m., a sport utility vehicle carrying three men was eastbound on Ash Street. Tire tracks showed the vehicle went left of center and was struck by the oncoming Union Pacific train.
All three occupants were taken to Geary County Community Hospital. The Highway Patrol has identified the driver as 21-year-old Ishmail Thomas of Junction City. The two passengers were identified as 40-year-old Travis Allen of Junction City and 31-year-old Marcus Solton of Bossier City, Louisiana. All three were listed with suspected serious injuries. The crash log says all three were wearing seat belts.
At least one media report noted that one of the three occupants was ejected from the vehicle while the other two managed to escape.
The conductor was identified as 67-year-old John Anslover of Salina. He was not injured.