KHP releases names of 3 adults killed in crash near Hillsboro, 2 children injured


HILLSBORO, Kan. (KSNW) — Three people died and two children were seriously injured in a nearly head-on crash Friday near Hillsboro.

It happened around noon, approximately one mile east of Hillsboro on U.S. 56, and involved two vehicles.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says a Ford F-150 towing a trailer with 20 greyhounds was headed west. Another Dodge Caravan was heading east.

“For an unknown reason, one vehicle went left of center causing nearly a head-on crash resulting in the multiple fatalities,” said Trooper Ben Gardner, KHP.

A 5-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy were taken to Wesley Medical Center. The children were riding in car seats in a Dodge Grand Caravan driven by 30-year-old Nathan D. Puett of Salina, who died in the wreck.

The crash log says Puett was driving eastbound and crossed over the center line, hitting a Ford F150 head on. James and Jody Potter of Emporia were both killed.

Three of the greyhounds also died, the rest scattered.

According to Kansas Highway Patrol,  Nathan Puett, 30, of Salina; James Potter, 70, of Emporia; and Jody Potter, 61, of Emporia died from the crash.

Two children, ages 3 and 5, were injured and taken to a Wichita hospital.

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