2 injured in Kansas Turnpike crash Tuesday night in south Topeka

An injury crash was reported at 8 p.m. Tuesday on eastbound Interstate 470 on the turnpike, about a mile east of the south Topeka toll plaza. (Google Maps)

Two people were hospitalized after a two-vehicle crash Tuesday night on the Kansas Turnpike in south Topeka, authorities said.

 

The crash was reported at 8 p.m. Tuesday on eastbound Interstate 470 on the turnpike, about a mile east of the south Topeka toll plaza.

According to the Kansas Turnpike Authority, the crash occurred when the driver of a 2005 Buick Rainier sport utility vehicle became distracted. The Buick then struck the rear of a 2002 Toyota Avalon, sending it into the barrier wall.

Both drivers, who were reported alone in their vehicles, were transported to the hospital.

The driver of the Buick was identified as Nicholas J. Hartman, 31, of Lawrence. The turnpike authority said he was wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the Toyota was identified as Sultan Alalawi, 29, of San Bernardino, Calif. The turnpike authority said he was wearing a seat belt.

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