Fatal crash on I-70 in Thomas County…and more headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: November 19, 2018

Jackson SchneiderNovember 19, 2018

A Nebraska woman was killed in single vehicle crash in Western Kansas late Saturday night. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2005 GMC K-1500 Crew Cab Pickup headed west Interstate 70 in Thomas County  exited the road, entered the median and rolled an unknown number of times. The driver, 29-year-old Courtney S. Romej from Elgin, Nebraska, was ejected and died.

A child was transported to a hospital following a weather-related crash in Ellsworth County along Interstate 70 late Saturday night.  According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2003 Ford Econoline Van was headed west on I-70. The driver lost control due to icy road conditions. The van exited the road and rolled a complete revolution coming to rest on its wheels. A minor female received possible injuries and was transported to the hospital in Ellsworth. Three other minor children and two adults were not hurt.

A driver who fell asleep at the wheel of a KDOT truck was hurt in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Ottawa County. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 68-year-old Kenneth Fuller Jr. of Miltonvale was driving a 2006 Sterling truck headed west on K-106 Highway. He fell asleep, veered across the center line, and struck a guard rail and wood a post. He was transported to the hospital in Minneapolis.

At least a half dozen small earthquakes shook parts of Kansas on Saturday, Sunday, and early this morning. The most recent is a 2.7 earthquake which  was recorded early Monday in the Marquette area in McPherson County. There were no reports of damage.

This will be one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.  AAA Kansas  projects 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year. The 2018 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume in more than a dozen years with 2.5 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year. Locally in the region which includes Kansas, there will be more than 4.4 million people taking Thanksgiving weekend trips of 50 miles or longer.

The Kansas City Health Department is changing the way it handles potentially contaminated food.  Health department officials tweeted on Saturday that inspectors will no longer pour bleach onto food that may be contaminated.  The policy was reviewed after inspectors recently poured bleach onto food during an encounter with the group Free Hot Soup, which provides food to the homeless.  City officials say inspectors poured bleach onto the food after being told it would be re-served after being placed into trash bags.




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