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December 8, 2012

Highway Patrol: Man critically hurt in turnpike crash has medical condition

A 63-year-old man injured Thursday in a crash on the Kansas Turnpike remained in critical condition at a local hospital Saturday afternoon.

A 63-year-old man injured Thursday in a crash on the Kansas Turnpike remained in critical condition at a local hospital Saturday afternoon.

Gary Mills, of El Dorado, reportedly suffers from a medical condition that caused him to lose control of his truck Thursday evening as he was driving northbound on the Kansas Turnpike near the Kellogg exit in Wichita, according to an accident report from the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Mills was driving his 2008 Ford F-150 pickup side-by-side with another northbound vehicle — a 2005 Chevy — when he collided with the other driver shortly after 9:30 p.m. Both vehicles slid off the Turnpike into a ditch, where Mills crashed into a guardrail and fence and the other driver hit a sign, according to the highway patrol.

A Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said Thursday that Mills was trapped in the vehicle briefly.

Mills was taken to Wesley Medical Center for treatment. He remained in critical condition Saturday afternoon, a hospital operator said.

The other driver — later identified by the highway patrol as a 24-year-old St. Louis man — had minor injuries but refused treatment on the scene, a Sedgwick County dispatcher said Thursday.

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