Report: Truck in crash was stopped on road

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By Shane Farley
February 9, 2017 - 3:31:43 pm
The Mitchell truck as it was being towed from the scene.
Brett Coplen/ KSOK and NewsCow

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.

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