Archive for Thursday, September 28, 2000

State briefs

September 28, 2000



Crash kills principal, leaves four people hurt

An elementary school principal was killed in a traffic accident that left four other people critically injured.

Lisa Drendel, 42, of Moline in Elk County, was dead at the scene after a collision late Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 160 in neighboring Cowley County, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.

She was a passenger in a van driven by John Ireland, 47, of Howard, principal of West Elk High School.

The patrol said that a truck driven by David Mundy, 47, of Burden, went into a ditch, and that as he attempted to correct, it came back onto the highway sideways and collided with the van carrying the principals.

Ireland and his other two passengers, Janet Ireland, 49, of Howard, and Conner Drendel, 11, Moline, were listed in critical condition Wednesday at hospitals in Winfield and Wichita.

Mundy was in critical condition at a Winfield hospital, the patrol said.

Ireland and his passengers were in a school-owned van en route to a high school volleyball match in Oxford. Other school employees were driving in front of and behind them.


Husband, wife die in traffic accident

A Morris County couple died Tuesday in a traffic accident in Geary County, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.

Wayne L. Miser, 75, and his wife, Mary, 66, of Burdick, were killed when their car collided with another vehicle as the Miser's were turning onto Interstate 70 from Kansas Highway 177.

Dodge City

Couple killed after SUV hits large truck head-on

A Cimarron couple was killed Tuesday in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer.

Margaret and Floyd Ashcroft, both 80, were eastbound on U.S. Highway 50 near Dodge City when their sport utility vehicle tried to pass another vehicle, officials said.

The SUV struck the large truck carrying 80 head of cattle.

The crash caused a fire in both ditches along the road and closed the highway for about four hours.

The truck driver and the cattle were not injured.


Anderson County sheriff resigns to move family

Anderson County Sheriff David Vaughan has resigned to move his family to western Kansas.

That reason was given in a memorandum from Vaughan to Gov. Bill Graves. The resignation is effective Sept. 30, though Vaughan already is living in Hays, about 220 miles northwest of Garnett, the Anderson County seat.

Vaughan, whose term was to end in November, was not seeking re-election.

He has served as county sheriff for more than seven years.

Vaughan has refused comment about his resignation.

The Anderson County Democratic Party will meet next week to appoint a replacement.

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