ELLINWOOD — Ryan J. Placher, 25, of Ellinwwod was travelling west on highway U.S. 56 approximately half a mile east of Ellinwood when the vehicle went off the right shoulder at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday evening. He overcorrected, came back onto the roadway, and slid sideways in to oncoming traffic. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol Crash log, a Ford 2008 F250 driven by Marion D. Newkirk, 55, of Lyons saw the vehicle , but was unable to avoid the collision.
Placher was driving a 1988 Plymouth Reliant. He was not wearing his seat belt. Placher was taken to Ellinwood District Hospital and then transferred to Via Christi in Wichita where he is in stable condition.
Newkirk had no injuries. He was wearing his seat belt.