24-year-old wrong-way driver strikes two vehicles on 169 Highway before crashing into semi

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. — A wrong-way driver at 169 Highway and 175th Street shut down the highway in both directions Thursday evening at about 6:00 p.m.

Police say a 2012 GMC Sierra pickup truck was traveling westbound, crossing all lanes of traffic, when it struck a 2007 Lincoln Mark LT and a 2000 GMC Safari.

Then the driver of the GMC Sierra, identified as a 24-year-old Wichita man, went off the road and back on the road into the southbound lanes of 169 Highway. Police say he ran a red light while turning left onto 175th Street and struck a semi. He was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

Victims included a 22-year-old man from Spring Hill, Kan., in the Lincoln Mark LT and a 54-year-old man from Paola in the 2000 GMC Safari.  The 30-year-old semi truck driver was not injured.