Wrong-way driver fleeing police hits car, semi - KCTV5 News

Wrong-way driver fleeing police hits car, semi

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A wrong-way crash has left two drivers in critical condition, and authorities say the driver who caused the crash was fleeing police.

The crash occurred near the Linn-Miami County line on Highway 69. Authorities said the crash happened about 2 p.m. Thursday near 287th Street in Miami County. This is just south of Highway 68 and Louisburg.

Sheriff's deputies began pursuing a white Ford pickup near Highway 69 and 359th Street. The man was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes. Drivers posted on KCTV5's Facebook page about having to swerve to avoid getting hit with a sheriff's deputy trailing the wrong-way driver.

Kansas Highway Patrol put out stop sticks. Steven Ray Smith, 65, of Stover, hit them and lost control, KHP officials said.

Stover hit a woman traveling north in the northbound lanes as well as the driver of a semi. The man driving the semi will be OK. The semi, which was driven by Gary William Endicott, 59, of Bronson, KS, also hit the woman's 2009 Toyota Camry.

Both the suspect and the woman suffered critical injuries. The woman,  Amy Elizabeth Alexander, 43, of Louisburg, remains hospitalized. An eyewitness told KCTV5 the woman was conscious following the crash.

KHP obtained a warrant to get samples of the suspect's blood and urine in order to determine whether he was impaired.

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