Multiple accidents require emergency help

By Karen Krien
St. Francis Herald – March 20, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 11, 2014

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Law officers and the emergency medical technicians were busy Wednesday, March 12, when they were called to two accidents. Each accident caused injuries and two people were taken to the hospital.

A two-vehicle accident happened about 8:15 a.m. on U.S. 36 at the east turn in at Captain Hook’s Restaurant in Wheeler. The accident sent one man to the hospital.

A semi truck belonging to Eckland Farm, Goodland, and driven by Darius Bussen of Sharon Springs, was headed east. The pickup, driven by Jonathan Weems, St. Francis, was in the process of passing when the truck made a left turn, cutting off the pickup. The passenger in the pickup was Jack McGinnis, St. Francis, and he was taken to the Cheyenne County Hospital and later released that day. The pickup belonged to Tri-State Irrigation, St. Francis.

Cheyenne County Sheriff Cody Beeson, said the pickup truck was passing in a no-passing lane. The occupants of the vehicles said they were wearing their seat belts.

The crash caused a leak in the fuel tank of the truck, and firemen were busy trying to dam the diesel from spreading further. The Kansas Department of Transportation later cleaned up the diesel.

The second accident, which happened about noon, also involved two vehicles. Lavon Schlittenhardt, St. Francis, was driving her 1998 For Explorer across U.S. 36 on her way to College Street when Leslie Zeitler, Bird City, driving a 1989 Chevy pickup, hit her. Sheriff Beeson said the cause of the accident was Mrs. Schlittenhardt’s failure to yield.

The pickup belonged to Kelly Lampe. Zeitler, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to the hospital and later flown out for additional medical care.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster