Man loses control of pickup, lands in Dry Creek

By Eric Wiley
Salina Journal – May 17, 2017

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Charles Smith, 49, of Salina, was transported to Salina Regional Health Center after losing control of his pickup truck about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday while driving west on West Cloud Street and crashing into Dry Creek, just east of Centennial Road, according to Salina Police Sgt. Brent Rupert.

Rupert said Smith lost control after suffering from a medical condition.

Capt. Paul Forrester said authorities think Smith suffered from a seizure. He said Tuesday afternoon that Smith remained at the hospital in good condition.

A hospital spokeswoman declined to give an update on Smith’s condition Tuesday afternoon.

Rupert said the truck left the road on the south side as it approached Westwood Road on West Cloud Street, went over the embankment of the drainage ditch and ended up upright on its wheels in Dry Creek, which contained 2 to 3 feet of water.

Smith was not noticeably injured, Rupert said. He was able to get out of the truck with assistance.

Aaron Farmer, of Salina, and his grandmother Marcia Anderson also were driving west on West Cloud Street and witnessed the crash.

Farmer said the truck was being driven about 30 miles an hour when it started veering left, hopped the curb between a tree and a pole and went into the drainage ditch.

Farmer said Smith was unresponsive when he checked him, and Anderson called 911.


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