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Fort Scott man hurt in accident

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Fort Scott man was injured in a two-vehicle accident Saturday morning just east of Fort Scott.

Franklin Stephens, 79, was headed east on the westbound shoulder of U.S. Highway 54 in a 2002 Buick Park Avenue when the vehicle re-entered the westbound lane heading east and struck the front quarter panel of the vehicle with the rear portion of a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Sammie Elton Harris, 86, of Jerico Springs, Mo., which was headed west in the westbound lane, the Kansas Highway Patrol crash log said.

Stephens' vehicle entered the north ditch, which has a slight embankment, and rolled once. The car came to rest facing northwest on its tires, the report said.

The accident took place just before noon Saturday on U.S. 54 westbound about one-half mile east of Fort Scott.

Mercy spokeswoman Tina Rockhold said Stephens was taken to Mercy and later transferred to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. He was not wearing a safety restraint at the time of the crash.

Harris and a passenger in the Jeep, Danny Swartz, 42, of El Dorado Springs, Mo., were listed in the KHP report as not injured. Both were wearing seat belts at the time of the wreck.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene, the report said.

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