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Two injured in rear-end crash


Note: This article has been updated to reflect corrections the Kansas Highway Patrol has made to its crash report. The 16-year-old driver involved in the crash did not have any passengers in his vehicle, and the two passengers previously reported as being in his vehicle were actually in Sharon Doherty's vehicle, according to the KHP.

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Two people were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries Friday evening following a rear-end collision at the intersection of 20th Street and Highway 69. 

A 16-year-old male driver from Frontenac was headed southbound on US-69 in a 2001 Ford Taurus when he rear-ended a 2016 Hyundai Elantra driven by 78-year-old Sharon K. Doherty of Frontenac at about 6 p.m., according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. 

The minor driver was apparently uninjured in the crash, as was Doherty and two of her passengers,  71-year-old Patricia S. Shockley and 75-year-old Damona Wachter of Frontenac.

Two other passengers in Doherty’s vehicle, however, 87-year-old Donna L. Falletti and 83-year-old Carolyn J. Marquez of Frontenac, were taken to Ascension Via Christi hospital for treatment of suspected minor injuries, according to the KHP. All drivers and passengers were wearing seat belts.