A 53-year-old Wellington man is in critical condition at a Wichita hospital this morning after he was injured in a one-car accident on the Kansas Turnpike near the Mulvane exit Thursday afternoon.
Joseph Edgerton's 1996 Ford sedan drifted off the turnpike at mile marker 33.2 just north of the Mulvane exit, went through a fence, struck an embankment on a sewage lagoon and flipped over, with the cabin of the sedan becoming submerged, the Kansas Turnpike Authority reported.
Another motorist saw the crash, pulled to the side of the road and called 911. Lt. Phil Bostian saw the woman's car on the side of the road "and thought she'd broken down," Lt. Joe Bott said.
She alerted Bostian to what happened, and Bostian and Master Trooper Dallas Gilmore found the submerged sedan.
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"They both went in and were able to get him pulled out," Bott said.
They performed CPR on Edgerton, and he was taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Edgerton's stepdaughter told investigators she was not aware of any medical conditions that may have played a role in the crash, Bott said.
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