On July 18, 2023, at approximately 2:46 PM, Lyon County Deputies, Emporia Police Department, and Lyon County/ Emporia Fire Department arrived on the scene of a two-vehicle accident with one vehicle upside down in the roadway in the 4100 block of West Highway 50, Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas. A 2012 blue Ford Equinox attempted to make a U-turn to head west on Highway 50, striking a 2015 gray Ford Equinox that was traveling eastbound.
The 2012 Chevy Equinox was driven by 28-year-old Henry J. Mariche of Dodge City, Kansas, and had three other occupants in the vehicle. The passenger Alphons Mariche was transported to Newman Regional Hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries from the accident. The other occupants of the 2012 Chevy Equinox were cleared of injuries by EMS. The 2015 Chevy Equinox was driven by 88-year-old Phyllis Talkington of Chase County. The 2015 Chevy Equinox was occupied by three passengers who were all checked by EMS and cleared of injuries.
All occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. K-DOT workers assisted with traffic control and cleaning the road after vehicles were removed.