Five injured in Humboldt wreck


February 24, 2015 - 12:00 AM

HUMBOLDT — A two-vehicle accident sent five people, including two children, to the hospital Monday afternoon.
The accident occurred on 1200 Street, about two miles south of Humboldt, when a minivan driven by Carl R. Taylor, 55, Humboldt, struck the back of a car driven by Gary D. Ludlum, 63, Moran.
Both vehicles were northbound and traveling at highway speed, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported.
The collision sent both vehicles rolling into the east ditch. Ludlum’s car wound up on its side; the minivan came to rest on its wheels.
Taylor, the only passenger in his vehicle, was transported to Allen County Regional Hospital and later flown to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
Ludlum had three other passengers in his car: Alexandria R. Ludlum, 24, Brier Valentine, 2, and Braxton Valentine, 1, all of Scranton. All four passengers were taken to ACRH.
Emergency crews from Humboldt, Iola and Chanute were dispatched to the scene.
All five were wearing seat belts, or were in approved child safety seats, according to KHP.
The roadway was closed for more than an hour while emergency crews were at the scene.

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