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McPherson Residents Collide With Semi On Highway 50

Posted 6/9/2017

Editor's Note: The following is an updated version of the story that appeared in this week's print edition.

HALSTEAD— A collision on June 4 between a minivan and semi tractor-trailer on Highway 50 near Halstead Cemetery injured two people and caused heavy damage at the scene.

The incident occurred at about 6:40 p.m., when according to Harvey County Sheriff’s reports, for unknown reasoA semi ended up on the east edge of Halstead Cemetery after colliding with a van along Highway 50 on June 4. The semi driver was taken to the hospital in stable condition while the passenger of the van received critical injuries. A semi ended up on the east edge of Halstead Cemetery after colliding with a van along Highway 50 on June 4. The semi driver was taken to the hospital in stable condition while the passenger of the van received critical injuries. ns, the eastbound van left the roadway and entered the south ditch, striking a sign before returning to the highway and crossing the center line.

An oncoming semi tried to take evasive action by swerving to the left but struck the front of the van and left the road on the south side. The semi traveled through a fence and came to rest on its passenger side against a tree row on the east side of Halstead Cemetery, damaging several trees and a power line.

The van, a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan, was driven by Deborah Gates, 34, of McPherson with passenger Matthew Pettey, 38, also of McPherson. Pettey was transported to Wesley Medical Center for critical injuries. Gates was uninjured.

The semi was driven by Wei Hai Xie, 46, of Arcadia, California, who had been transporting general freight for D&E Transport, Inc. He was taken to Wesley in stable condition.

The Independent’s previous report on this accident mistakenly identified the driver of the semi as uninjured and the driver of the van in stable condition.

The sheriff’s report said neither driver was tested for drugs or alcohol, nor was there any evidence of impairment.

Both vehicles were destroyed completely and towed from the scene.