Two sport utility vehicles crashed into each other at the intersection of Iowa and 15th Streets early Thursday morning, ejecting one woman from the back of one of the vehicles and sending three to area hospitals.
Emergency crews responded to the accident shortly before 2 a.m. A Ford Explorer traveling south on Iowa Street collided with a Dodge Durango moving west on 15th Street. The impact blew out the back window of the Durango and buckled its front passenger-side wheel, while causing severe damage to both vehicles.
A 25-year-old woman, a passenger in the Explorer, was transported by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital with serious head and leg injuries, said Capt. Tarik Khatib of the Lawrence Police Department. Another woman riding in the Explorer was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with possible broken bones. A woman who was ejected from the back of the Durango was also taken to LMH. Police did not identify the women.
One of the women was transported from LMH to Kansas University Hospital at about 4:30 with head trauma.
Three women were traveling in the Explorer, while six were in the Durango, Khatib said. He said police are investigating how the accident occurred, including the possibility alcohol was involved.