A Newton woman is dead; her son and two other men survive crash
A Newton woman is dead after a pickup driven by her son came to rest on its side in Blaze Fork Creek near Buhler in Harvey County.
It happened about 9 p.m. Sunday when the 1994 extended cab Chevy pickup went down an embankment 20 feet in the 8200 block of North Woodberry.
Investigators believe 18-year-old Cory Rutschman lost control of the vehicle negotiating the curves in the road. The Sheriff's Office said 39-year-old Beverly Rutschman was dead on arrival at Hutchinson Hospital. She was partially ejected and trapped by the pickup under the water.
Rutschman and a passenger, 18-year-old Spencer Fast of Moundridge, are in stable condition at Via Christi at St. Francis, but another passenger, 19-year-old Chad Janzen of Hesston, is critical - also at Via Christi on St. Francis.
Investigators said Fast and Janzen were riding in the back seat of the truck. All three were flown out of the scene by Eagle Med Helicopter. The cause of the accident has not yet been determined by the Harvey County Sheriff's Office.