Archive for Tuesday, January 16, 2001

Car fire claims driver

January 16, 2001


— Motorists and emergency personnel rescued a woman and three children from a wrecked car before it caught fire and fatally engulfed the driver, officials said.

The victim was identified as Rogelio Barrera, 33, Arkansas City. Survivors were taken to a Wichita hospital, where Barrera's wife, Leslee, 35, and her son, Talbott Gilliland, 7, were in serious condition Monday. Two other children, Stacia Barrera, 14, and Garrett Gilliland, 10, were in critical condition.

The family's car veered off Kansas Highway 15 a mile east of Udall and hit a tree Sunday afternoon, said Harvey County Sgt. Jeff Elston. An investigation is under way.

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