Area woman escapes injury in Wichita accident Dec. 3

A 58-year-old Hillsboro woman escaped injury Thursday, Dec. 3, after her vehicle was involved in a five-car accident on Kansas Highway 96 westbound at Hydraulic in Wichita.

Elaine Banman?s 2002 Ford Taurus was one of four other vehicles struck from behind while stopped in the center lane of westbound Kansas 96 waiting for authorities to let them move forward following an earlier accident.

While the other four vehicles were waiting, according to information provided by the Kansas Highway Patrol, Elisa Nicole Lumbreras, 20, of Wichita, driving a 1997 Plymouth, failed to stop, starting a chain reaction, starting with the back of a 2007 Chevy owned by William D. Frazier, 84, of Wichita. Frazier also had two passengers in his car, Miron Moss, 79, and Barbara Moss, 76, both of Wichita, and both injured.

His vehicle then struck the rear of a 2002 Cadillac Deville owned by Richard Kasitz, 75, of Newton. Other passengers included his wife, Alice E. Kasitz, 73, Robert M Schmidt, 79, and Janice Hiebert, 67, all of Newton.

The domino effect continued when the Cadillac hit the back of a 2008 Ford Taurus owned by Lynn Darcey, 65, of Newton, who in turn stuck the Hillsboro woman?s car.

The driver of the car, which collided with the first vehicle was not injured. Banman and Darcy?s cars were the last two in the accident sequence and were also unharmed.

The drivers and passengers in the first two vehicles; however, were injured, according to KHP officials.

All 10 people involved in the five-vehicle accident were wearing seatbelts.

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