Injury Accident, rural Ellis County UPDATE – Fatality
12:20 p.m. – The Ellis County Sheriff’s Department has sent out a release confirming additional details regarding Sunday’s accident. The victim, 23 year old Roland Rummel, had jumped onto the hood of the vehicle while it was in motion. The vehicle then braked causing Rummel to fall off, at which point the vehicle ran over him and he sustained severe injuries. He was transported by ambulance to HMC where he died early Monday morning.
The department also confirmed that the driver of the vehicle, Austin M. Fox, was arrested at the scene of the accident for DUI and transportation of an open container.
Ellis County Undersheriff Bruce Hertel told Hays Post that the accident happened in the 3000 block of 140th avenue, with the call coming into the KHP around 6:33pm. Hertel said that the information he has indicates it took emergency crews about an hour to get on the scene because the person calling in the accident wasn’t sure where he was.
Three individuals from Ellis were involved in the one vehicle accident; Austin M. Fox age 25; Garrett J. Vandenberg, age 21, and Roland A Rummel age 23.
According to Hertel, it appears that Fox was driving a 2000 Buick LeSabre with Vandenberg inside. Rummel was outside of the vehicle clinging to it. When the vehicle stopped, Rummel fell off and the car ran over him.
Rummel was taken from the scene in an ambulance to HMC where he died as a result of his injuries.
Hertel added that alcohol seems to have been involved as it was found at the scene of the accident, but he wasn’t able to comment on the extent to which it contributed to the accident as the investigation is ongoing.
The accident was worked by the Ellis County Sheriff’s office with the Kansas Highway Patrol assisting.
Once the investigation is completed, it will be reviewed by the Ellis County Attorney’s office.
8:09 p.m. Ellis County EMS is transporting one individual to Hays Medical Center. We will have additional details as they become available.
7:40 p.m. The Eagle Med helicopter has arrived on the scene.
7:29 p.m. First responders have arrived on the scene and identified a location for the medical helicopter to land in an adjacent pasture, west of the road.
7:24 p.m. Graham County reportedly has a medical helicopter in the air to help find the accident.
Law enforcement and other first responders have been dispatched to the scene of an accident near 140th and Saline River Road in Ellis County. A vehicle has
reportedly hit someone who had been riding on the vehicle.
It was originally believed the crash was in Graham County. At one point the accident was identified in Norton County.
Few details are available at this time. Stay tuned to Eagle Radio and check Hays Post for more information as it becomes available.