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Archive for Sunday, May 24, 1998

TONGANOXIE DRIVER AMONG HOLIDAY FATALITIES STATEWIDE

May 24, 1998

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At least three people have died so far during the Memorial Day weekend.

A 21-year-old Tonganoxie man died Saturday afternoon when he swerved off a road to avoid a head-on collision as he tried to pass a car in a no passing zone.

Phillip G. Cline Jr., was driving his 1979 Ford Mustang west on Kansas Highway 16 just west of McLouth when he tried to pass on a hill.

A Kansas Highway Patrol dispatcher said Cline, who was not wearing a seat belt, topped the hill and saw the oncoming car. He swerved back into the westbound lane, overcorrected and left the highway.

The Mustang rolled into a ditch. Cline was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Topeka after the accident, where he was pronounced dead. The accident occurred at 1:47 p.m.

Cline's car didn't collide with the other vehicles, and no one else was injured.

Turnpike officials reported several accidents on the busy holiday weekend, but they did not result in serious injuries.

Two other people have died in holiday weekend traffic accidents in Kansas, including an Ellis man who was fatally injured Saturday morning when two tractor-trailer units collided near Ellis on U.S. 183.

Charles W. Krueger, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife and stepson were both hospitalized, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.

The accident happened just after 7 a.m. when another semi ran a stop sign on a county road and went into the path of Krueger's truck, the patrol said. All three people in Krueger's truck were ejected.

Earlier Saturday, a Kinsley man died when the car in which he was riding rolled off an Edwards County road into a ditch, the patrol said.

Roger A. Brake, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which happened just after midnight.

The counting period for fatal auto accidents during the Memorial Day weekend began at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at midnight Monday.

Last year, four people died on Kansas roads during the counting period.

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