• Daily Leader staff report
A two-vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon in Meade County claimed the life of a Liberal man.
According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, 24-year-old Olian H. Thompson was westbound on U.S. Highway 54 in a 1991 Honda Civic around 3 p.m. just a half-mile east of Fowler when he “went left of center and struck vehicle two head on in the eastbound lane.”
Vehicle two was a 2010 Ford truck being driven by Kevin L. Hill, 40, of Rose Hill.
Hill’s truck then rolled and came to rest facing west. He was taken to Meade County District Hospital and later life flighted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, according to the report.
Thompson was pronounced dead and taken to Meade Mortuary in Meade.
Thompson’s death comes less than 15 hours after a 55-year-old California woman died Wednesday when the driver of the vehicle she was a passenger in fell asleep at the wheel. Both fatalities ocurred within about a mile of each other on Hwy. 54, considered one of the deadliest two-lane interstate highways in the nation.