Multiple injury accidents in 24 hours, one arrest

Ark City emergency services work an injury accident around noon Tuesday at East Madison Avenue and the U.S. 77 Bypass in Arkansas City. Traffic was congested until the vehicles could be moved.

William McCaslin, 36, of Dexter was arrested following an accident that led to another man being trapped in a vehicle and extricated by firefighters a couple of miles east of Tisdale, according to official reports.

Emergency services responded at 6:27 p.m. Monday for a reported injury accident in the 19000 block of U.S. 160 Highway. A blue 1997 Ford F-150 driven by McClaslin struck a white 2003 Dodge Durango from behind, a Cowley County sheriff report states.

The Durango, driven by Christopher Lockyear, 33, of Winfield, lost control, continuing into the ditch, colliding with a rock embankment and rolling multiple times.

Lockyear was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extracted by firefighters, according to a Winfield fire report. After being extricated, Lockyear was transported by Winfield EMS to William Newton Hospital as an urgent patient with unknown injuries.

McCaslin was cited for no proof of insurance, an expired vehicle tag and following too closely. He was also transported to the Cowley County Jail on a Labette County warrant for failure to comply with a district court, according to jail records.

Another injury accident was called in 20 minutes later north of Winfield Lake, according to a sheriff’s report.

Cowley deputies were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident in the 8000 block of 151st Road. A white 2002 Ford pickup, driven by Jamie McKee, 47, of Atlanta, was traveling north in the 8000 block of 151st Road when she lost control of the vehicle and went through a barbed-wire fence, coming to a stop in a field, the report states.

McKee sustained minor injuries and a passenger, William Young III, 36, also of Winfield, was not injured.

A third incident occurred Tuesday afternoon with minor injuries reported at East Madison Avenue and the U.S. 77 Bypass in Arkansas City, according to radio communications.

Ark City police and fire/EMS responded just after noon for an injury accident. A silver Kia Forte passenger car with a trailer collided with a red Ford SUV in the intersection, blocking all northbound traffic.

Fire crews cleaned up chemicals while police and a Cowley County deputy directed traffic and took the report. One person was transported with minor injuries to South Central Kansas Medical Center. Two others were checked out by EMS, according to radio communications.

Traffic was directed around the accident temporarily, then opened to one-way traffic controlled by an officer.

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