Hail cited in crash that hurts 8 near Russell

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RUSSELL, Kan. (AP) – Eight people, including six students, are recovering after an accident in northwest Kansas on a hail-covered road.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the two-vehicle accident happened Wednesday on Interstate 70 five miles east of Russell.

The patrol says a sports utility vehicle carrying six students from Clifton-Clyde High School slid across a median when the driver, 29-year-old Laura Kay Stunkel of Palmer, lost control after driving over some hail.

The SUV struck a vehicle driven by 53-year-old Shawnee resident Melinda Smith.

All the injured were taken to a hospital in Russell. The extent of their injuries was not immediately available.

Clifton-Clyde High School is located in Clifton, and has about 80 students.

UPDATE

Eight people, including six students and their teacher from Clifton-Clyde High School, were treated and released at a Russell hospital after an accident in northwest Kansas on a hail-covered road.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the two-vehicle accident happened Wednesday on Interstate 70 five miles east of Russell.

The patrol says the school’s art teacher, 29-year-old Laura Kay Stunkel, lost control of a sports utility vehicle while driving over hail. The SUV slid across the median into a vehicle driven by 53-year-old Melinda Smith Shawnee.

The Hays Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/Z6caIr ) the group from Clifton-Clyde High were returning from the Fort Hays State University High School Art Exhibition in Hays. The school has about 80 students in Cloud County in north-central Kansas.

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