A Winfield man was critically injured Wednesday night when his truck - which was said to be stopped in the roadway with its headlights off - was struck head-on by another vehicle, according to a report from the Cowley County Sheriff’s Dept.
54-year-old Steven Mitchell was transported to Wesley Medical Center by air ambulance for treatment of his injures. Mitchell remained in critical condition this morning, according to a hospital spokesperson.
Around 7:45 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were called to the 15000 block of 141st Rd., east of Winfield, for the report of a motor vehicle accident.
Subsequent investigation led to the determination that Mitchell’s 2002 Dodge truck was stationary and facing south in the northbound lane, with lights off. A 1999 Dodge Truck, driven by 32-year-old Joseph Miller, Winfield, was northbound when Miller drove over a hill and saw the Mitchell vehicle.
Miller attempted to stop and avoid a collision but could not.
Miller and a 3-year-old passenger in his vehicle were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
As is standard in these types of accidents, investigators are working to determine if alcohol was a factor in Mitchell’s being stopped in the roadway.