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January 4, 1999


A slick county road was blamed for an accident in which a sheriff's deputy was injured after a patrol car slid into a ditch.

A Douglas County sheriff's deputy who was seriously hurt nearly three years ago while on duty was injured again Sunday in an automobile accident.

Ron Wilson, 40, was taken by helicopter to Columbia Overland Park Regional Medical Center with back injuries after the sheriff's patrol car he was riding in slid off a county road into a ditch.

The accident occurred while Wilson was training another deputy, Lana Van Anne, who was driving the patrol car. She was not injured, authorities said.

"They hit a slick spot on a curve and ended up in a ditch that was pretty steep," Sheriff Loren Anderson said.

The accident occurred about 1 p.m. near Douglas County roads 800N and 500E, about seven miles southwest of Lawrence near Lone Star Lake. Van Anne was driving west on 800N and was about to turn south on 500E when the accident occurred, Anderson said.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical crews spent about an hour cutting a seat out of the vehicle so that Wilson could safely be removed, officials said.

Wilson was listed in fair condition at the hospital on Sunday night and could be home by today, authorities said.

The accident marked the second time Wilson was hurt on duty in nearly three years.

On Jan. 31, 1996, he fell about 12 feet from a roof and hit his head while trying to talk to a 16-year-old girl threatening suicide on the roof of her home south of Lawrence.

Wilson, who was knocked unconscious in the fall, suffered head and neck injuries, and spent four days at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., before returning home.

He returned to duty on Feb. 29, 1996.

Although most major roads were clear following ice and snow on Friday and Saturday, many secondary county roads were snow-packed and still were slick, said Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical Battalion Chief Brian Lawrence.

Anderson said Sunday's accident showed that roads affected by wintry conditions can affect even experienced drivers.

"It happens when there's slick roads," he said.

Responding to the accident were sheriff's deputies , Lawrence firefighters and paramedics, the Kansas Highway Patrol and Clarion Springs Township Fire Department.

The patrol car could not be driven following the wreck, Anderson said. An estimate for repairing the car will be made this week, he said.

-- Michael Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is

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