Highway 36. One of them, John Essman, remained in serious condition Tuesday at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City. The four were taken to area hospitals after the truck they were in broadsided the trailer of a semi early Sunday at the Winifred corner on U.S. 36. Casey Farrant, 18, Essman, 17, Whalen Kokoruda, 15, and Hunter Boyle, 20, were taken by air ambulance after the accident, which occurred about 1:50 a.m., the Kansas Highway Patrol reported. Essman, Kokoruda and Boyle were passengers in a 1998 pickup driven by Farrant and headed south on 18th Road. The patrol report said the vehicle did not yield as it entered the highway, colliding with the semis trailer. The impact tore off the back end of the trailer loaded with frozen pork. None of the pickups occupants wore seatbelts, the report said. The 2004 semi was driven by Gregory Morgan, 59, Beatrice, who was not injured. The patrol report said Essman was taken to Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka, where he was treated and transferred to the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City. A KU Hospital spokesman said he was listed in serious condition Tuesday morning. Farrant also was taken to KU Hospital. A hospital spokesman could not release information on his condition Tuesday. Kokoruda and Boyle were taken to Bryan Trauma Center on the Bryan Medical West Campus in Lincoln, Neb. A spokeswoman there said Kokoruda was in fair condition Tuesday. The spokeswoman said Boyle was in serious condition Monday and was upgraded to fair condition by Tuesday. The accident led officials to close the highway and reroute traffic for more than 12 hours Sunday. The highway patrol reported the clean-up of the semis cargo delayed the highways reopening because the trailers meat products had to be unloaded before it could be towed at about 2:30 p.m.
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