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Medical emergency blamed for wreck in Kiowa at 1 a.m. Sunday

• Old hospital building hit by car


September 25, 2019

Emergency personnel were called to the scene of a wreck at 8th Street and the old hospital building. This was near 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

Barber County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Hacker said an elderly gentleman, Mr. Ashbaker, was behind the wheel of a Chevy HHR car. Hacker said Ashbaker had reportedly just dropped his grandson off at the apartments across 8th Street to the west of the old hospital.

Then for an unknown reason, Hacker said Ashbaker was sitting in the parking lot directly north of the former hospital. As he started to move the car west, Ashbaker hit the side of the old building. Then his car crossed 8th Street and crashed into a tree where it came to rest. Deputy Hacker estimates Ashbaker hit the tree at 30 mph. Impact knocked a branch out but the tree was still standing, the deputy said. He said the car was totaled.

Ashbaker had no apparent injuries from the crash, Hacker said. However, he said Ashbaker's insulin levels were not right when emergency workers arrived on the scene. Once those levels were under control, Hacker said he was treated and released.


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