Archive for Thursday, October 19, 2006

Passenger flees scene after head-on crash

October 19, 2006

The two drivers involved in a head-on collision earlier this week on Kansas Highway 5 are recovering from their injuries as authorities continue to wonder why a passenger in one of the vehicles fled the scene.

These two cars collided late Tuesday morning, Oct. 17, on Kansas Highway 5 southeast of Lansing. Both drivers were taken to area hospitals; a passenger fled from the scene and is being sought by authorities.

These two cars collided late Tuesday morning, Oct. 17, on Kansas Highway 5 southeast of Lansing. Both drivers were taken to area hospitals; a passenger fled from the scene and is being sought by authorities.

A Honda Civic driven by Robyn Novak, 452 Reveilly Trail Terrace, Lansing, and a Chrysler minivan, drive by Harold Worley, Kansas City, Kan., collided late Tuesday morning, Oct. 17, on Kansas Highway 5 southeast of Lansing, the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office reported.

Crews from the Sheriff's Office, Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 and Leavenworth County EMS responded to the wreck, which took place about 11:40 a.m. on K-5 just south of Tontine Road and Wolcott Drive.

But a passenger in Worley's van fled into the nearby woods as authorities arrived on the scene, about 7 miles southeast of Lansing.

Lansing Police Chief Steve Wayman said his officers had been called to assist in the hunt for the passenger.

Leonard Ayres of the Leavenworth Sheriff's Office said authorities didn't know what to make of the passenger, who remained unknown through Wednesday morning.

Emergency personnel place one of the drivers aboard a Life Star air ambulance for transport to University of Kansas Hospital.

Emergency personnel place one of the drivers aboard a Life Star air ambulance for transport to University of Kansas Hospital.

"We haven't been able to interview the van driver and don't feel good enough to even comment about the passenger until we hear from the driver," Ayres said.

Both drivers in the accident were transported to area hospitals; Novak, 24, was taken to Cushing Memorial Hospital in Leavenworth for treatment of minor cuts and abrasions, authorities said; Worley, 35, was flown by Life Star air ambulance to University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., for fractures and possible internal injuries. A hospital spokesman said Wednesday afternoon Worley was in fair condition.

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