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Two Hospitalized After Deer Collides with Bus in Saline County

SALINE COUNTY – Two people were hospitalized after the bus they were traveling in was struck by a deer in Saline County Tuesday morning.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2017 Ford bus driven by Mark Stokes, 61, Formoso, was traveling south on U.S. Highway 81, less than two miles north of the junction with K-143 highway, at about 8:30 a.m.

A deer came out of the median running westbound and struck the driver door window and the front windshield. The bus traveled a short distance and stopped on the shoulder of the road.

Two passengers on the bus, Sky Gritten, 26, Cody, Wyom., and Mary Gritten, 59, Belleville, were both taken to Salina Regional Health Center for treatment of their injuries, the extent of which were not immediately known. Stokes, and two other passengers, Paul Kirkwood, 41, Minneapolis, and Andrew Douglas, 27, were not injured.

All occupants of the bus were properly restrained at the time of the incident, except Kirkwood, according to the Highway Patrol.

Updated: May 15, 2018 — 3:23 pm


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