By Wendy Nugent, Newton Now
A 34-year-old Newton woman was seroiusly injured in a three-vehicle accident around 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, on Interstate 135 and transported to St. Francis in Wichita.
According to talk on Facebook, Pamela Dixon was seriously injured, but the Kansas Highway Patrol report doesn’t list how seriously she was hurt—only that she was injured.
The accident happened at mile post 17 in the southbound lane on I-135, or 85th Street North at Park City.
“A canine was crossing the interstate on I-135 southbound at mile post 17,” according to the report.
A 2013 Chevy Tahoe driven by Loni Mayfield, 50, of Hillsboro, slowed at the crest of a hill for the animal, causing the vehicle driven by Dixon, a 2006 Hyundai Elantra, to strike the rear of Mayfield’s vehicle. Debris from the Tahoe and Elantra hit a third vehicle, a 2000 Toyota Sienna, driven by Susan Jantzen, 63, of Hillsboro. Jantzen did not have injuries, while the report stated Mayfield had possible injuries.
“Dixon was in a pretty serious car accident Friday, 12/1 on her way to work,” as reported on youcaring.com. “From what we have gathered, a dog ran out onto the road and the vehicle in front of her hit their brakes. Pam crashed into that car and was flung into the windshield. She was taken to the Trauma ICU where the kept her blood pressure low until they were able to stabilize her.”
The site also stated her aorta has been grafted, and her open femur wound set and the hospital is waiting for her to be stable from cardiac surgery.
“She is now in cardiac ICU at the hospital there in Kansas,” the site stated. “She has several broken bones throughout her body, several lacerations on her face that they stitched up and other complications as well. She is a strong, feisty woman, and she will pull through this. It will just be a long road to recovery.”
To help offset costs and pay the bills, a fund at youcaring.com has been set up, and they’re seeking $50,000 for the single mom. As of Monday, Dec. 4, a total of $1,298 had been raised.
“Because of the recovery process, Pam will be out of work for a long time and will need as much help as possible to help raise her kids and pay the bills,” the site stated. “I can’t imagine what she will be going through and especially when she gets out of her sedation state what her thought process will be like. Thank you everyone for the love and support we have seen thus far. Please continue to pray for her, her family and help out anyway way you can.”