Two teenagers escaped injury following a rollover accident Monday afternoon that forced another vehicle off the road to avoid the accident. It was the second rollover accident in Pratt County in four days.
The accident Monday occurred when Chamel Regalado, 16 of Wichita, was southbound on SE 100th Avenue about 3.5 miles south of U.S. 54 at Cairo in a 1984 Ford truck with a crane on the back and belonging to 96 Agri Sales of Mount Hope, said Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Crump.
Regalado lost control and the truck went into the east ditch and rolled over and came to rest on the driver's side.
At the same time, Brett Ferris, 45 of Norwich, was northbound in a 2004 Chevy pickup belonging to ONEOK. To avoid hitting the Ford, Ferris went into the east ditch then back across the road to the west ditch and finally ended up stopped on the blacktop right side up.
Although Ferris avoided hitting the Ford, the under side of the pickup was damaged going in and out of the ditches, Crump said.
Regalado, his passenger Silvestre Hernandez, 19 of Mule Shoe, Texas, and Ferris were all not injured in the accident.
For a time, Crump said he had conflicting reports about the identity of the driver from accident witnesses and from identification with someone with 96 Agri Sales.
The person witnesses identified as the driver had a cut to the head but was not at the scene when Crump arrived. A person from 96 Agri Sales said a different person was driving the truck.
Further investigation today revealed Regalado was the driver of the truck and he did not have a driver's license, Crump said.
The previous rollover accident was at 8:23 a.m. on Friday, July 19 and sent 30-year-old Sarah Winn to the hospital with minor injuries.
Winn was east bound on SW 70th Street about a half mile west of U.S. 281 when she lost control of her 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and went into the south ditch, overcorrected, came back across the road and rolled several times coming to a stop upside down on the north side of the road.
Pratt County EMS transported Winn to Pratt Regional Medical Center where she was treated and released.