Mom, children okay after vehicle rollover

    An early Tuesday morning rollover west of Champion totalled the vehicle, but the mother and two young children inside were okay.
    That’s the report from Chase County Sheriff’s Deputy Duncan Einspahr, who responded to the 6:40 a.m. call.
    A 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup driven by Olivia Eckert, 27, of rural Haigler was northbound on Avenue 320 when the vehicle hit a muddy patch as it crested a hill, about a quarter mile south of the Champion Highway.
    Einspahr said Eckert lost control at the slick spot, which spun the pickup around 180 degrees. After exiting the road, the pickup hit the ditch on the east side and rolled onto the driver’s side.
    Eckert and two minor children in car seats in the back seat were all buckled in, Einspahr said, and sustained no major injuries.
    All three were transported by Imperial EMS to Chase County Community Hospital as a precaution, he said.
    Eckert was en route to work in Imperial when the accident occurred, the deputy said.
    “It was pretty muddy out there and particularly at that spot,” Einspahr said.
    As he waited for the tow truck, he spotted several other vehicles skid at the same spot as they passed by.
    The Imperial Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the scene with several units.


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