Chanute boy, 5, dies in weather-related wreck


March 2, 2015 - 12:00 AM

The weekend snowstorm that dumped 4 inches of snow over the Iola area was cited as a factor in a rural Anderson County wreck Saturday that killed a Chanute boy.
The accident, about nine miles north of Colony, took the life of Drake Walls, 5, Chanute.
He was the passenger in a sport utility vehicle driven by Judith Wright, 52, Chanute.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Wright was northbound on U.S. 169 when she lost control on the snow-packed road and entered the southbound lane.
Her vehicle, a 2006 Nissan Murano, was struck by a southbound semi-truck driven by Jesse H. Harrier Jr., Norman, Okla.
Walls was pronounced dead at Anderson County Hospital in Garnett.
Wright was injured, as was another passenger, Hailey Wright, 25, Chanute. Both were taken to Anderson County Hospital as well.
Harrier was not injured.
All of the occupants were wearing their seat belts, troopers said.

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