One dead, one injured, highway back open after crash and helicopter issue

KWCH – July 17, 2017


One man is dead and a woman is in the hospital in serious condition after a motorcycle crash east of El Dorado. The highway is also back open after a helicopter had issues and was stuck on US-54.

Sheriff Herzet said the two were on a motorcycle heading west when they crossed the center line and lost control. Both flew from the motorcycle. Herzet said he doesn’t know why they crossed the center line.

Herzet said a helicopter came and landed to airlift the two to the hospital but after it landed, Herzet said the pilot noticed something was wrong. They decided not to fly back to Wichita until someone could look at the helicopter. That kept the helicopter on US-54 for some time, closing the road.

Herzet said mechanics came on scene and towed the helicopter off of the road to figure out what was wrong. The mechanic said he wasn’t authorized to release the issue. But the highway is since back open and the helicopter went back to Wichita.

Both people went to the hospital via ambulance. Herzet said they’re from Overland Park but isn’t yet releasing names.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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