Marion County Sheriff van involved in wreck

A scene from the car wreck on U.S. 56 outside of Hillsboro on Monday. Patty Decker/Free Press

A Marion County sheriff’s vehicle traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 56 was unable to avoid crashing into a westbound car turning left onto Orchard at about 11:30 a.m. Monday.

In addition to the driver, Donald Keazer, 71, and passenger, Loretta Keazer, 70, who both were injured, a KHP official said, the 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan, was also carrying two people, both of Wichita.

Shaun Ridder, 41, was uninjured, but Emily Caldwell, 36, did suffer some injuries from the accident, a KHP spokesperson said.

The driver of the 2006 Infiniti G was Edward Fowler, 26, and he, along with both passengers, Dana Koenig, 24, and Emmett Mayberry-Koenig, 6, all of Hutchinson, were injured.

The six injured people were taken to Hillsboro Community Hospital by Marion County EMS, the spokesperson said.

Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft said the two transport officers were not seriously injured.

“One officer has been released from HCH, and is home. The second officer was admitted to HCH for the night,” he said.

“The officers were transporting (Ridder and Caldwell) from Larned State Hospital for an appearance at (Marion County District Court),” he said.

Condition reports on the other people was not available at press time.

The Hillsboro Fire Department was called to the scene prior to moving the Infiniti when one officer said he noticed gasoline pouring out of the vehicle.

Auto House towed both vehicles from the scene, and the KHP spokesperson said everyone was wearing seatbelts.

No other information to include citations or damage to the vehicles was available on Monday.

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