Two injury accidents that occurred Tuesday in Edwards County resulted in area men being flown to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, according to Kansas Highway Patrol’s online crash logs.
The first accident occurred around 10:55 a.m. at the intersection of 110th Ave. and I Road, which is 1.7 miles north of the U.S. 56 junction with U.S. 183 in Kinsley. A Ford F-150 driven by Jeff Allen Cramer, 44, Kinsley, was northbound on 110th Ave. and struck a 1984 John Deere tractor driven by William M. Laufenberg, 61, of Kinsley, who was westbound on I Road. Both were taken to the Edwards County Hospital in Kinsley, and Laufenberg was then flown to Wichita.
Shaun D. McCollum, 42, of Claflin was also flown to Wesley Medical Center after his 1984 GMC truck was hit by a high end front loader on 50th Ave., 4.8 miles west and 1.7 miles south of the U.S. 50/U.S. 183 junction. That accident occurred at 12:20 p.m.
McCollum was southbound on 50th Ave. and the loader, operated by Brian Keith Sparke, 50, of Kinsley, was stationary facing east in a work area, digging a ditch. After filling the bucket, Sparke backed onto the roadway, striking the truck in the front and on the driver’s side. Sparke was not injured.
A spokesman for Wesley Medical Center said neither Laufenberg nor McCollum was listed as a patient there Wednesday morning. However, a spokesman for Via Christi Health said Laufenberg was a patient at the St. Francis Hospital in Wichita and was in good condition Wednesday.