Potwin woman killed, Whitewater woman injured in head-on crash on Kansas Highway 196 in Harvey County


HARVEY COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) — A Potwin, Kansas woman has died after a head-on crash Wednesday morning in Harvey County.

According to Kansas Highway Patrol, 62-year-old Trella Marie Batten, of Whitewater, was traveling west on Kansas Highway 196 when she struck a Hyundai Elantra heading east, driven by 39-year-old Sarah Colling of Potwin.

Colling was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Troopers say Batten, who was driving a Honda Pilot, was taken to Wesley Medical Center in critical condition.

After initially crashing into the Elantra, authorities say Batten veered right and crashed into another vehicle, driven by Joseph Maske, 43, of Salina. Debris from the vehicle then struck a Chevy Cruze, driven by Gregg Ewing, 47, of Carterville, Missouri. Ewing had two other passengers in the vehicle.

Authorities say Maske, Ewing, and the other passengers were not injured in the crash.

The highway was closed for about four hours from I-135 east to East Lake Road, but has reopened.

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