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Head-on collision near Farley injures two

by Ivan Foley
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A head-on crash on Hwy. 45 near Farley on Monday morning sent two people to area hospitals via LifeFlight.

According to the Platte County Sheriff's Department, a Ford pickup driven by Stephen D. Lauber, 41, of Leavenworth apparently crossed the center line and collided with a Cadillac Seville driven by Cheryl M. Carter, 41, of Kansas City, Ks.

Shelle Browning, public information officer for the sheriff's department, said according to the investigating officer's report Lauber lost control of his vehicle and crossed the center line. She said the report indicates that probable contributing circumstances included excessive speed and improper passing. The accident occurred around 7:45 a.m.

Lauber was taken by air ambulance to North Kansas City Hospital and Carter was taken by air ambulance to Liberty Hospital. Injuries were believed to be in the serious to critical range, Browning said.

On Monday evening, she said officers are not sure exactly what happened because Lauber had been unable to communicate with authorities due to his injures.