A Pratt man, 38-year-old Mitchell Winter, was injured after the pickup he was driving collided with a backhoe on U.S. 281 just south of Sawyer and just before 6 p.m. Wednesday.
A Pratt man was injured in a two-vehicle accident just south of Sawyer Wednesday night just before 6 p.m.
Mitchell Duane Winter, 38 of Pratt, was north bound in a 1999 Chevy Silverado on U.S. 281 about three quarters of a mile south of Sawyer when he crashed into the rear end of a 2013 Volvo backhoe, also north bound, driven by Trenton Wray, 43 of Sawyer, said Pratt County Sheriff Deputy Phillip Snyder.
Snyder said Wray told him he was traveling approximately 20 mph and had lights to the rear of the backhoe and had a slow moving vehicle placard. Wray said he felt something hit the back of the backhoe then pulled to the north bound shoulder and discovered the pickup impaled on the backhoe and called 911. Point of impact was approximately 500 feet from where the vehicles came to a stop, Snyder said.
There were no skid marks prior to the point of impact, Snyder said.
Winter was trapped in the vehicle but conscious throughout the rescue effort. Pratt County Rescue had to use the jaws of life to get Winter out of the vehicle. Pratt County EMS transported Winter to Pratt Regional Medical Center where he was later transferred by helicopter to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita where he remains in fair condition, Snyder said.
Wray and Winter were both wearing seat belts at the time of the collision that was reported at 5:54 p.m.