Hail cited in Kansas crash that injured Johnson Couty woman, 7 others

RUSSELL, Kan. (AP) - Eight people, including six students and a woman from Johnson County, are recovering after an accident in northwest Kansas on a hail-covered road.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the two-vehicle accident happened Wednesday on Interstate 70 five miles east of Russell.

The patrol says a sports utility vehicle carrying six students from Clifton-Clyde High School slid across a median when the driver, 29-year-old Laura Kay Stunkel of Palmer, lost control after driving over some hail.

The SUV struck a vehicle driven by 53-year-old Shawnee resident Melinda Smith.

All the injured were taken to a hospital in Russell. The extent of their injuries was not immediately available.

Clifton-Clyde High School is located in Clifton, and has about 80 students.

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