Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Collision leaves bodies battered

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 1/17/2014

HOMEWOOD — Two area men remained in critical but stable condition in an area hospital Friday following a two-car crash and rollover Thursday afternoon on Old Highway 50 near Homewood.

All three occupants of an eastbound 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 four-door truck were ejected from the vehicle after it collided about 2:25 p.m. Thursday with a westbound 1996 Ford Ranger and rolled over, coming to rest on its top in a field on the north side of the roadway, Lt. Curtis Hall, with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, said at the scene.

HOMEWOOD — Two area men remained in critical but stable condition in an area hospital Friday following a two-car crash and rollover Thursday afternoon on Old Highway 50 near Homewood.

All three occupants of an eastbound 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 four-door truck were ejected from the vehicle after it collided about 2:25 p.m. Thursday with a westbound 1996 Ford Ranger and rolled over, coming to rest on its top in a field on the north side of the roadway, Lt. Curtis Hall, with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, said at the scene.

Few details about the crash were available Friday. The cause of the wreck was still under investigation, Hall said.

Steven Nicholas, 42, Waverly, the driver of the Dodge truck, and one of his passengers, Michael Watts, 39, Colony, were transported by ambulance to Overland Park Regional Medical Center with undisclosed injuries. Both men were listed in critical but stable condition late Friday morning at the hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The third occupant of the Dodge truck, Crystal Nicholas, 32, Waverly, suffered minor injuries and was transported by private vehicle to Ransom Memorial Hospital, 1301 S. Main St., Ottawa, Hall said.

Dealy Sims, 36, Williamsburg, the driver of the Ford truck which crashed into the south ditch upon impact, also was transported by ambulance to Overland Park Regional with undisclosed injuries. A hospital spokeswoman said Friday morning Sims was not a patient at the hospital. She was the only occupant of that vehicle, Hall said.

A yellow Labrador riding in the Dodge truck also was injured, law enforcement officials said. It remained in intensive care Friday at Cottonwood Animal Hospital, 3173 K-68, a hospital representative said.

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