One in critical condition
Two teenagers on horseback were injured Wednesday night when they were struck near Augusta.
A tow truck operated by Dave Wheat, Augusta, was eastbound crossing the Walnut River on old highway 54/SW 100th St., was met with westbound traffic and struck them from behind.
The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that Wheat told them that he did not see the horses and riders.
Wheat was not injured, but an 18-year-old male from Wichita and a 14-year-old female from Augusta, were transported to Wesley Hospital, with the 18-year-old in serious condition, but is expected to recover. The 14-year-old has been released.
Reports indicate that the collision sent one teen off his horse, over the bridge, landing below. The third horseback rider, a female, 18, was not injured. Two horses were killed.
Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet advises that riding horses on county roads and state highways is legal locally, however, it is dangerous, especially at night.
“This was a tragic thing, but perhaps a lesson learned. Horses tend to be skiddish and react to sounds from large trucks, loud mufflers, and road noise. Riders should wear reflective clothing and lights - like bicycle riders - lights to catch attention,” Sheriff Herzet continued, “Use common sense and make sure you can be seen.”