Several Area Highway Accidents Blamed on Icy Road Conditions

At least three area rollover accidents on Easter Sunday were blamed on icy road conditions. The Kansas Highway Patrol worked a number of accidents early Sunday afternoon after ice and rain fell most of the morning across parts of the area.

In Saline County, Kyduc Luong, 42, Joplin, Mo., was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 81 north of Salina, about a half-mile south of the K-143 junction at about 1:17 p.m., when he lost control of his 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada. The vehicle crossed the center line into the passing lane before moving back into the driving lane. The Oldsmobile then left the roadway, rolled one time, and came to rest on its wheels, right side up.

Luong and a passenger, Samantha Ann Luong, 33, Joplin, Mo., were both taken to Salina Regional Health Center for treatment of their injuries.

The Kansas Highway Patrol also worked at least two rollover accidents in Ottawa County. The first of which occurred at 12:37 p.m. on U.S. Highway 81 at the K-106 junction.

Mark A. Ludvicek, 43, was traveling southbound in a 2006 Ford F-150 when he encountered ice on the bridge. He lost control of the pickup, which rolled over and came to rest in the west ditch.

Ludvicek was taken to Salina Regional Health Center for treatment of possible injuries. Three passengers, Erin M. Ludvicek, 37, Talon Ludvicek, 10, and Greyson Ludvicek, 7, were not injured.

Just moments after that accident, at about 12:40 p.m., Erica N. Aimone, 28, Goshen, Ind., was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 81, about 3 1/2 miles north of the K-18 Highway, when she encountered an icy bridge and lost control of her 2004 Honda Odyssey, which went off the east side of the roadway and rolled over, coming to rest on its wheels.

Aimone and three passengers, Carole L. Baugh, 47, Delphos, Andrew M. Aimone, 28, and Oliver A. Aimone, 1, both of Goshen, Ind., were all taken to Salina Regional Health Center for treatment of their injuries.

All occupants of the vehicles involved in these crashes were properly restrained, according to the Highway Patrol.

The KHP worked at least 15 accidents statewide on Easter Sunday. At least five of those were attributed to icy conditions caused by a wintry storm system that passed through the area during the morning hours.

Updated: April 2, 2018 — 10:50 am

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