Two people, including a 7-year-old girl, were critically injured in a traffic accident in Gardner early Sunday morning.

Their vehicle was struck almost head on by a man who was arrested for driving under the influence.

According to police reports, Gardner Public Safety officers responded to a crash in town at about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. A westbound vehicle – driven by a 38-year-old man – crossed the center lane and struck an eastbound vehicle.

The driver of that vehicle – a 19 year old man – was critically injured and flown to the University of Kansas Medical Center. Another passenger, a 7-year-old girl – was transported via helicopter to Children’s Mercy Hospital. Two other passengers were taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Officers took the driver of the other vehicle – a 38-year-old man – into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence. Officials anticipate he will be charged on Monday, June 28.

— Danedri Thompson