Emergency responders prepare their jaws of life and other power tools to help them extricate a 23-year-old man from his minivan after he collided head-on with a semi Monday morning in the 200 block of South Country Estates Road. The unidentified man was taken to Southwest Medical Center and then later flown to a unknown Wichita hospital. The 64-year-old driver of the semi was also taken to SWMC for treatment of his injuries. Daily Leader photo/Jessica Crawford
• Daily Leader staff report
A 23-year-old male, the only description released by the Liberal Police Department, incurred serious injuries Monday morning after his minivan collided head-on with a semi.
The incident ocurred at 9:26 a.m. Monday in the 200 block of South Country Estates Road, according to a statement released by LPD.
“Investigating officers found that a green 1999 Dodge Caravan was traveling south on Country Estates and crossed into the northbound lane,” the report noted. “A 1994 Freightliner was northbound on Country Estates. A witness reported the minivan was attempting to pass another southbound vehicle at the time of the accident.”
The 23-year-old driver of the minivan was transported to Southwest Medical Center by EMS in serious condition. He was later flown to Wichita for further care.
The driver of the semi, a 64-year-old male, was transported to Southwest Medical Center with minor injuries.
The release noted the accident is still under investigation, and charges concerning any violations may be forthcoming.
Traffic was diverted around the area for about three hours.
The Daily Leader was unable to report on the 23-year-old’s condition this morning because his indentity has still not been released