Two pedestrians hit by vehicle in Junction City after being involved in rollover accident

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Two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle in Junction City on I-70 at Washington St. early Sunday morning following a rollover accident.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Anthony E. Barnard, 23, of Junction City, was driving eastbound on I-70 in a 2006 Ford-150 when he fell asleep. The pick-up truck veered into the median, struck the guard rail and went back into the driving lane. Barnard then over corrected and struck the median again, leading to the truck overturning.

The rollover was reported at around 2:55 a.m.. Both Barnard and a passenger of the pick-up, Pierce J. Steffen, 20, of Schofield, Wis., were wearing their seat belts, according to the KHP crash log.

Barnard and Steffen exited the vehicle and were standing next to it when they were struck by a 2016 Kia Optima traveling eastbound in the left lane.

The second incident occurred about 3 a.m..

Both Barnard and Steffen were transported to hospitals with suspected serious injuries following the incident. Barnard was transported to Geary Community Hospital while Steffen was sent to Stormont Vail in Topeka.

The occupants of the Optima, Callie Sue Brier, 21, of Kansas City, and Benjamin L. Mulberry, 20, of Manhattan, were also transported to hospitals with complaints of pain. Both were reportedly wearing their seat belts.

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