A high-speed one-car wreck on 210th Ave. one mile north of Antonino took out a portion of concrete bridge rail Sunday morning, but no one was injured and the county road remains open.
Two Hays teenagers traveling north on the sandy gravel road topped a small hill and crossed left of center, according to Sgt. Tim Deines with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.
“They were going too fast,” Deines said. “They came over a little hill and as they popped up over it they went left of center and went right into the bridge.”
The 17-year-old driver, Seth Redfield, and his 16-year-old passenger, Sheldon Webster, were wearing seat belts, and their air bags deployed, Deines said.
Speed limit on county roads is 55 miles per hour, unless posted differently, he said. When the 2005 Dodge Stratus hit the bridge, it spun around to the direction it had come from and was stopped in its tracks and disabled on the roadway. The front side driver’s tire and wheel were ripped off the car, Deines said.
The sheriff’s office got the call at 11:40 a.m. from a driver for Augie’s Repair & Towing, Hays. The accident occurred around 11 a.m., Deines said. The officer working the wreck has not issued any tickets at this time, Deines said, but may follow up with a speeding violation, such as driving too fast for conditions.
About a third of the railing on the west side of the bridge was sheared off, according to Bill Ring, director of the Ellis County Public Works Department, who was called to the accident Sunday morning 10 miles south of Hays.
“80 miles an hour,” said Ring, speaking to the Ellis County Commissioners Monday evening at their regularly scheduled meeting in the Ellis County Administrative Center, 718 Main St. Thankfully, he said, “they both walked away. Not a scratch.”
“Their father had an application installed for tracking speed, so we know exactly what the speed was,” he said.
Penco Engineering Pa., Hays, was set to examine the bridge Tuesday morning to start the process of determining the damage, and figuring out needed repairs or replacement on the rail.
County bridges are not insured, so the driver’s insurance company has been contacted and the hope is that the claim won’t have to be litigated, Ring said.