The Kansas Highway Patrol said Lawson Constable, 18, of Minneapolis was traveling southbound in a 2004 Chevrolet in the 2500 block of Brookville Road, just under two miles north of Brookville at about 3:46 p.m., when he crossed the center line and struck an ATV driven by Jed Burr, 39, of Salina. Constable’s vehicle then went back into the southbound lane and struck an ATV driven by Jordan Lindquist, 19, of Brookville. Constable’s vehicle then left the roadway to the right, traveled through a ditch, up a hill into a pasture, and then rolled back into the ditch.
Authorities on Tuesday said Constable’s visibility was reduced by smoke from a controlled burn that Burr and Lindquist were working on at the time of the accident. Wind in the area had shifted during the burn, causing smoke to blow across Brookville Road. As a result, Constable was unable to see the ATVs.
Constable, Burr and Lindquist were all transported to Salina Regional Health Center for treatment of injuries.
Constable was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, according to the Highway Patrol
At least two people assisting with a controlled burn were injured in a multiple vehicle accident west of Salina Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities say the accident occurred on a smoke covered Brookville Road near Brookville at around 3:45 p.m. and involved a car and at least two all terrain vehicles.
According to reports, the drivers of the ATVs were about a mile north of Brookville on Brookville Road working on the controlled burn, when the wind shifted and blew smoke across the road, which heavily reduced driving visibility. The driver of a car driving through the smoke was unable to see the ATV’s and struck both of them.
Authorities say three people were injured in the accident, including the drivers of the ATVs and the car. At least one of the injuries was said to be critical, though none of them were believed to be life threatening.
Smoke and haze filled the air throughout Saline County on Tuesday, all of which originated from numerous controlled burns throughout the county. Officials with the Saline County Emergency Management office reported 35 active controlled burns throughout the county Tuesday. At least one controlled burn near Magnolia and Simpson Road had gotten out of control and required assistance from Saline County Rural firefighters.
Controlled burns were also taking place in Dickinson, McPherson and Ottawa Counties on Tuesday.