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Two local men hurt in rollover accident southwest of Fort Scott

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Two Fort Scott men were hurt in a one-vehicle rollover accident Friday night southwest of Fort Scott.

About 10:30 p.m. Friday, a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by Jason Martinez, 26, of Fort Scott, was headed east on Indian Road about 2.5 miles southwest of Fort Scott and .6 miles west of 290th Terrace, when it entered the south ditch and rolled several times, coming to rest on the driver's side, a Kansas Highway Patrol report said.

"The vehicle appeared to cross the middle of the road headed east, overcorrected, (the driver) tried to get back in his lane, entered the south ditch and overturned," KHP Technical Trooper Rick Wingate said.

Martinez, who was not wearing a safety restraint, was taken to Mercy Hospital Fort Scott by ambulance. He was admitted Friday night and discharged Tuesday, Mercy spokeswoman Tina Rockhold said.

The vehicle's passenger, Matthew D. Ross, 19, was taken first to Mercy Hospital Fort Scott and then transported by medical helicopter to Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., with "disabling" injuries, Wingate said.

Ross was also not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

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