Five people were taken to an area hospital -- three by helicopter with critical injuries -- following a one-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon in southwest Douglas County.
Kansas Highway Patrol and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical crews about 4:40 p.m. Saturday were called to U.S. Highway 56 near the Douglas-Osage county line, where a 1991 Chevrolet struck a tree.
Chelsey Lisk, 2, and Buddy Lisk, 4, both of Kansas City, Kan., were taken from the scene by LifeStar helicopter to Stormont-Vail Medical Center, Topeka. They were admitted in stable condition Sunday night.
Jennifer Lisk, 22, Kansas City, Kan., was taken from the scene by LifeNet helicopter to Stormont-Vail. She was listed in critical condition.
The driver of the vehicle, Tim Lisk, 22, Kansas City, Kan., and a fourth passenger, Frankie Smallwood Jr., 6, Harveyville, were taken to Stormont Vail by ambulance. They were expected to be released from the hospital, a representative said Sunday night.
Lisk was driving west on the highway when he swerved to avoid a deer and his vehicle lost control, slid into a ditch on the north side of the road and struck a tree, the KHP said.
Everyone in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt, the patrol said.