Passing motorists pulled a seriously injured Ottawa man from the burning wreckage of his car early Wednesday morning just east of the Osage-Douglas County line, a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office official said.
Lowell Manis, 45, was listed in fair condition at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka, a hospital official said.
A 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Manis was traveling west on U.S. 56 about 6:15 a.m. when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel and the vehicle went into the north ditch, became airborne after striking a culvert and hit a farmer’s gate before rolling onto its top, Lt. Steve Lewis, public information officer with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, said.
“The car caught on fire, attracting the attention of some passing motorists who stopped to help,” Lewis said. “They broke out the driver’s side window and pulled him out.”
Manis was transported to Stormont-Vail Hospital with undisclosed injuries.