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Topeka teen seriously injured in turnpike crash in Douglas County



TOPEKA, Kan.  – A Topeka teen was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 70 along the Kansas Turnpike in Douglas County, authorities said.

The crash was reported at 1 p.m. Tuesday on I-70, about a mile east of the Shawnee-Douglas county line.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2012 Nissan Cube was westbound in the left lane of I-70 when it swerved and struck the barrier wall.

The driver, Linda Estela Vazquez-Rivas, 17, was transported to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka with serious injuries.

The patrol said Vazquez-Rivas, who was alone in the car, wasn’t wearing a seat belt.