Peterson, Patterson at home this week to recover
Zach Patterson and Eric Peterson, both of Imperial, are home this week after a vehicle accident on Sept. 2 that took both to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado.
An emergency 911 call at 5:14 a.m. was received by the Chase County Dispatch from an individual reporting a motor vehicle accident with injuries.
The two were found in a field just east of Titan Machinery, off Highway 6, after one of the occupants of the vehicle was able to reach the highway and passersby stopped to help, Sheriff’s Deputy Duncan Einspahr said.
“They both took injuries to their eyes,” Patterson’s wife Shalee said.
Patterson had orbital fractures—orbit is the cavity or socket of the skull that holds the eye.
Shalee said her husband’s right eye is fine but he’s developing cataracts there. “He will have to have surgery to correct that,” she said.
The orbital fractures will heal over time, she added.
Peterson didn’t return home as early as Patterson did. “I know (Eric) lost his left eye,” Shalee said. “His right eye I think is ok.”
Both Patterson and Peterson work at 21st Century Equipment. Patterson is the parts manager and Peterson is the service manager.