By LESLIE EIKLEBERRY
Two people from Manhattan were slightly injured when a trailer tire disabled a Mercedes Benz on Interstate 70 northeast of Salina.
Just after 11:30p.m.Thursday, a 2013 Chevrolet Traverse driven by Paul Wilson, 47, Collinsville, Ill., was westbound on Interstate 70 just west of Niles Road pulling a flatbed trailer with a utility task vehicle on it, according to Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan. The left tire came off the trailer, traveled across the median and struck the front of an eastbound 2021 Mercedes-Benz driven by Behrooz Miradzal, 51, of Manhattan.
Miradzal suffered a sore knee and scuffs from the deployed air bags. A front-seat passenger in the vehicle, Fariba Fateh, 47, of Manhattan, also suffered scuffs, Soldan said. A 14-year-old girl in the back seat was not injured.
The impact of the tire caused disabling front-end damage to the Mercedes-Benz, which had to be towed, Soldan said. Wilson's trailer also had to be towed, he added.