Head-on crash kills one, injures two

A head-on collision Saturday left a 22-year-old Emporia woman dead, and a 15-year-old male and 36-year-old woman passenger, both of Richmond, injured.

The collision happened at Kan­sas Highway 150, three miles east of U.S. Highway 77, said Marion County Sheriff Robert Craft.

“After receiving a call about the collision,” he said, “officers from his department arrived at the scene about 8:15 p.m. to discover a 2008 Cadillac SUV and a 2002 Nissan SUV in the north ditch.”

Craft said the eastbound Cadillac driven by 15-year-old driver Avery Stalford of Richmond, crossed the centerline and struck the westbound Nissan head-on in the westbound lane.

The driver of the Nissan was identified as Brooke Smith, who was pronounced dead at the scene by Marion County deputy coroner.

Following the crash, the youth was trapped and needed to be extricated by the city of Marion Fire Department and Marion County EMS, Craft said.

The front right passenger in the Cadillac, Jessica Stalford, was injured but didn’t require extrication pro­cedures, he said.

Both vehicles went into the north ditch after the crash, but the Nissan overturned when law enforcement officials arrived.

“At this time,” Craft said, “it is unknown what caused the eastbound Cadillac to cross the centerline into the westbound lane of traffic.”

Smith was taken to Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion, and both occupants from the Cadillac, he said, were taken by EMS to St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

No other details were available at press time.

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