WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — First responders have reopened southbound I-135 near 2nd Street in Wichita after closing southbound lanes temporarily because of a crash Friday afternoon.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, three vehicles were involved in the crash, each with only one occupant. Vehicles 1 and 2 were southbound on I-135 in the third lane, while Vehicle 3 was in the first lane. Vehicle 2 decelerated for slow-moving traffic and was struck by Vehicle 1, pushing them across the second lane into the first. That’s when Vehicle 2 was struck by Vehicle 3 in the first lane.
Vehicle 1 was driven by a 26-year-old, Vehicle 2 was driven by a 16-year-old, and Vehicle 3 was driven by a 24-year-old. The 16-year-old was the only one who received injuries, and they were classified as “minor.”
The Wichita Police Department posted a message on social media just after 4 p.m. saying that drivers should try to avoid I-135.
“We are working an injury wreck in the southbound lanes near the 1st/2nd Street exit,” WPD said. “Use an alternate way to travel over the next few hours, please.”
As of 4:40 p.m., I-135 had reopened, but traffic was still backed up. As of 5:30 p.m., the WichWay camera was no longer facing the scene of the crash, and traffic appeared to be moving at its usual pace.
The Kansas Highway Patrol notes that all drivers were wearing their seatbelts.