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Students, teacher hurt in I-70 rollover

4/18/2013

By The Hays Daily News

Six Clifton-Clyde High School students and their teacher returning home from an art exhibition Wednesday in Hays were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 approximately 5 miles east of Russell.

The school's art teacher, Laura Kay Stunkel, 29, lost control of an eastbound USD 224 suburban while driving over hail at 2:45 p.m. She slid across the median into a westbound vehicle driven by Melinda Smith, 53, Shawnee.

The suburban rolled onto its top and came to rest on the shoulder.

Stunkel and her passengers were wearing seat belts, as was Smith. All eight were transported to Russell Regional Medical Center.

The group from Clifton-Clyde High -- a Class 1A school of approximately 80 students in Cloud County in north-central Kansas -- had participated in the Fort Hays State University High School Art Exhibition at Gross Memorial Coliseum in Hays earlier in the day.

The students in the suburban were senior Kegan Hubert, junior Jonathan Douley and sophomores Dorian Girard, Linney Haas, Autumn Sorell and Tsai Yichi. All were checked at the hospital, and the school's principal, Corey Reese, went to Russell to give Stunkel and her students a ride home.