Ottawan in critical condition after head-on collision with dump truck
By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 5/22/2014
An Ottawa man was in critical condition Thursday morning after a head-on collision with a Franklin County dump truck.
Joseph Washington, 59, was transported Wednesday afternoon to Overland Park Regional Medical Center after a 1997 Chevy Lumina he was driving collided head-on with a 2006 Peterbilt dump truck on K-68, near Delaware Road, east of Pomona. He remained in critical condition at the hospital Thursday.
“I don’t expect [his condition] to change anytime soon,” Christine Hamele, Overland Park Regional Medical Center public information spokesperson, said Thursday morning.
Washington was driving westbound on K-68 when he crossed the center line and collided head-on with an eastbound dump truck driven by Laten Clark, 73, Ottawa, according to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol. The truck was a vehicle owned by Franklin County, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
Washington’s Lumina came to rest facing northwest in the westbound lane and the dump truck came to rest facing east in the south ditch for eastbound traffic, the report said. Washington temporarily was trapped inside the car, Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said at the scene Wednesday. The Pomona Fire Department and Franklin County Emergency Medical Services extricated the man from the vehicle. Clark, the driver of the dump truck, was not injured.
Washington was wearing a seat belt, the highway patrol report said, but Clark was not.
K-68 temporarily was closed Wednesday from Delaware Road west to Tyler Street in Pomona while the Kansas Highway Patrol investigated the wreck.
Both the car and dump truck were insured, according to the report, and both had to be towed, Richards said. The passenger vehicle most likely was totaled, he noted, while the dump truck was “in bad shape.”