Man is life-flighted after one of two rural accidents

    Emergency responders and the Chase County Sheriff’s Office were kept busy the past week with a pair of one-vehicle accidents on rural county roads.
    The occupant in a Friday accident eventually was life-flighted out, said Sheriff Kevin Mueller.
    Friday’s accident about 5:45 p.m. involved a 2010 Dodge pickup driven by Tom Benson, 51, of Imperial. Mueller said Benson, the lone occupent, was traveling south on 314 Avenue, about 18 miles west of Imperial, when he apparently lost control.
    The pickup slid off the road, entering the west ditch where it struck a bridge rail, sending the pickup airborne before it landed in a ravine bottom, Mueller said.
    According to the sheriff’s report, Benson walked to a nearby farmhouse and called family members. He was transported by private vehicle to Chase County Community Hospital, after which Mueller said his office was contacted. Benson was later life-flighted out due to his injuries, Mueller said.

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