KU football player, another KU student injured in wreck that killed Oskaloosa man

A University of Kansas football player and another KU student were injured Friday in an accident that killed an Oskaloosa man.

Nicholas Caudle, 20, a redshirt freshman safety from Atchison, and his passenger, Dongchen Chen, 20, of Lawrence, were traveling south on U.S. Highway 59 at 2:40 p.m. when Caudle lost control of his Ford F150 and drove into the northbound lane, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol’s report on the crash.

Caudle’s F150 was then struck by a Kia Optima driven by Lee R. Crum, 81, of Oskaloosa, according to the report. The Optima went off the road into the ditch, and the F150 rolled onto its side, then tipped back upright.

Crum died at the scene. Caudle, Chen and Crum’s passenger, Janet E. Crum, 74, of Oskaloosa, were all taken to Stormont-Vail Hospital, according to the report. Stormont-Vail was unable to provide updates on their condition Friday night.

KU football officials had no comment on Friday, other than that they were “still learning the details” of the accident.


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