Hillsboroan escapes injury in Dec. 28 accident

A Hillsboro woman escaped without injuries in a four-vehicle injury accident just after 6 p.m. Dec. 28 at Kansas Highway 96, one mile west of Hillside in Wichita.

Elaine Ruth Banman, 60, driving a 2009 Ford, was the only person not injured in the mishap, according to a report by the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Others involved in the crash were James Parnell, 54, driving a 2000 Honda, and passenger Joan Parnell, 50, both of Halstead; Gage Haralson, 20, of Wichita, driving a 1998 Ford pickup; and Ethel Felder, 69, of Wichita, driving a 2000 Honda.

The accident happened when all four vehicles were westbound in the outside lane of Kansas Highway 96 and were stopped because of traffic congestion.

KHP officials stated Banman?s vehicle rear-ended Parnell?s Honda, causing a chain-reaction collision with Parnell?s vehicle, Haralson?s pickup and Felder?s Honda.

Parnell and his passenger were taken to St. Francis-Via Christi in Wichita. The other two drivers, Haralson and Felder, told officials they had possible injuries, but were not transported to a hospital.

All four drivers, and the one passenger, were wearing seat belts, officials reported.

No other details were available at press time.

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