September 17, 2014

Traffic accident in SH kills one

Mark Taylor
submissions@gardnernews.com

One person was killed and two were injured May 25 in a three-vehicle crash near U.S. 169 Highway and 199th Street near Spring Hill.

The accident happened about 6:20 a.m.

Killed was Rita M. Fermyn, 44, of Lane, Kan.

Injured were Kyle L. Fermyn, 20, of Lane, Kan., who was a passenger in Rita M. Fermyn’s car, and Tommy J. Nickell, 40, of Parker, Kan.

Jimmy L. Brown, 61, of Paola, escaped injury.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, all three vehicles were northbound on U.S. 169.

A 2002 Chevrolet passenger car driven by Rita M. Fermyn, and a 1998 Dodge pickup driven by Brown were stopped at a red light at 199th Street.

Authorities say Nickell apparently had fallen asleep in his 1999 Chevrolet pickup and struck the back of Rita M. Fermyn’s vehicle.

Debris from Rita M. Fermyn’s vehicle then struck Brown’s vehicle.

Rita M. Fermyn was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kyle L. Fermyn and Nickell were transported to area hospitals.

Their conditions and the extent of their injuries were not known at press time.

According to the Highway Patrol, Rita M. Fermyn and Brown were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. Kyle L. Fermyn and Nickell were not.

The wreck closed northbound U.S. 169  and traffic was diverted at 199th Street.

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