Osage City man dies after rollover accident

A LifeStar helicopter ambulance parks on state Highway 31 as emergency personnel prepare to transport accident victim Richard Williams. Photo by Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – An Osage City man died from injuries he sustained during a single-vehicle accident that happened Friday afternoon west of Osage City.

According to an Osage County Sheriff’s Office report, Richard Michael Williams, 68, of Osage City, was driving a 1999 Chrysler Sebring westbound on state Highway 31, around 1:34 p.m. July 1, when the car crossed the center line, entered the south ditch, impacted a culvert, became airborne and rolled at least two times.

An eastbound driver, who saw dust and debris ahead of her on the highway, came upon the accident and reported it.

Williams, who was wearing a seatbelt, was trapped in the vehicle before being extricated by Osage County EMS personnel. He was transported by helicopter ambulance to Stormont Vail Hospital, in Topeka, where he died from multiple injuries July 3.

The sheriff’s office reported Williams’ vehicle had heavy damage to its front, sides and roof. K-31 was closed for about two hours while the accident scene was cleared.


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