Collision near McLouth sends two others to a Topeka hospital.
A head-on collision Saturday just west of McLouth left one man dead and sent two men to the hospital.
Mike Samek, 45, Kansas City, Kan., was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka, after being flown by helicopter from the accident scene a few miles west of McLouth on Kansas Highway 16.
Howard Dodd, 65, Topeka, and David Dultmeier, 15, Tecumseh, also were taken to Stormont-Vail. Dodd was in satisfactory condition Saturday night; Dultmeier was treated and released.
Trooper Dennis Tate with the Kansas Highway Patrol said the accident happened at 1:57 p.m. Saturday when the red 1990 Toyota pickup truck Samek was driving eastbound crossed the center line and struck a blue 1985 Audi 5000 going west. The head-on collision totaled both vehicles.
Both Samek and the driver of the Audi, Dodd, were trapped in the wrecked vehicles and had to be extricated by volunteer firefighters from McLouth. It took about 30 minutes to get the victims removed from the vehicles and into helicopters. The two were flown in separate helicopters to Stormont-Vail. The passenger in the Audi, Dultmeier, was taken to the hospital in a Jefferson County Ambulance Service vehicle.
Dodd and Dultmeier were wearing seatbelts; Samek was not. The accident is still under investigation. Possible alcohol use will be looked into.
"It's standard operating procedure in any serious accident," Tate said.
The accident happened while the annual McLouth Steam Engine Show and Threshing Bee was going on nearby. Heavy traffic on Highway 16 had to be diverted for about an hour onto dirt county roads.
Volunteer firefighters responded within five minutes; most were already on duty at the threshing bee, Chief Pat Bartlett said.
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