Mother and Four Children Killed in Crash With Grain Hauler Who Reportedly Ran Stop Sign
Sedgwick County, KS – A Kansas mother and her four children were tragically killed after their SUV collided with a semi-truck hauling grain last week.
Multiple local media outlets report the deadly accident took place shortly before 5 p.m. on Friday, September 25 on 71st Street South near Viola, KS.
The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) said a semi-truck hauling grain was traveling eastbound on 71st Street South when it reportedly ran a stop sign at the 263rd Street West intersection.
At the same time, a Ford Expedition, driven by 32-year-old Jessica Noel, was traveling southbound on 263rd.
The SUV struck the semi-truck, causing a “violent collision in the middle of the intersection,” according to SCSO Captain Brad Hoch.
Lt. Benjamin Blick said the Ford struck the trailer, causing the trailer to split “into two pieces,” the Kansas City Star reported.
Additionally, the collision sent the truck’s load “all over the roadway,” according to Captain Hoch.
The SUV exited the roadway and came to rest in the southeast ditch at the intersection, Lt. Blick stated.
Noel was killed at the scene, along with 10-year-old Anaiah Brady, 4-year-old Jeffrey Thompson III, and 4-month-old Hank Thompson.
Mack Thompson, age 23 months, was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries.
Local outlet the Little Apple Post reported the driver of the truck was 31-year-old Andrew Specht of Argonia, KS.
Specht was not injured in the accident, according to SCSO.
Following the accident, Noel’s family created a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses.
According to the GoFundMe, Noel’s husband, Jeffrey Thompson II, became concerned about his wife and children when he arrived home with the couple’s 10-year-old daughter and found nobody else at the house.
Noel and the younger children had been at the grocery store, the family stated.
Upon learning of a horrific crash involving a “white Expedition” where “only one person survived,” Thompson traveled to a nearby hospital, where he learned his son, Mack, was the accident’s sole survivor.
Mack succumbed to his injuries on Saturday, the family said.
As of publishing, the GoFundMe has exceeded its initial goal of raising $80,000.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.