A Dodge City woman and three Emporia firefighters were sent to area hospitals after a one-car accident and lengthy rescue effort about four miles west of Emporia on Friday.
Lyon County Deputy Jacob Welsh says a car driven by 52-year-old Laurie Terveen-Arreola went off U.S. Highway 50 just west of Road "C" and went into a shallow creek bed around 2 pm. Welsh says she apparently fell asleep at the wheel shortly before the crash.
Terveen-Arreola, who was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash, was trapped inside her car for roughly an hour before she was extricated and airlifted to Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. Her condition has not been released.
Three Emporia firefighters were taken to Newman Regional Health for possible frostbite after standing in the creek during most or all of the rescue process. Those names have not been released.
Highway 50 was completely blocked for roughly 90 minutes after the wreck.
4 pm: LifeTeam airlifts patient from crash site
An injury accident along West Highway 50 had the road blocked off in both directions, to make room for the LifeTeam helicopter.
The accident was reported shortly before 2pm, in the 200 block of West Highway 50, just west of Road "C." Initial reports indicated one vehicle was involved, and the accident didn't initially sound very serious. Emergency crews and Lyon County deputies arrived on scene, apparently finding one passenger with more serious injuries. The LifeTeam helicopter was called to the scene, landing in the middle of the highway and blocking traffic in both directions.
The extent of the injuries, and the number of people involved are unknown.
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KVOE News reporters AJ Dome and Kyle Thompson contributed to this report.