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The Lange family of Paola were able to escape their vehicle after it caught fire following an accident Sunday, June 30, near the Franklin County line.

Several Miami County residents were involved in a two-vehicle wreck that closed down a portion of Kansas Highway 68 near the Franklin County line on Sunday, June 30.

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, Dallis Palmer, 21, of Osawatomie was driving a 2001 Honda Accord west on Highway 68 about 200 feet east of Virginia Road in Franklin County at 11:42 a.m. Sunday, June 30, when the vehicle crossed the center line and hit a 2000 Ford F-250 that was pulling a 2003 Chaparral livestock trailer with a living quarters in it.

The Ford truck was driven eastbound by 45-year-old Mark Lange of Paola, and there were six passengers in the vehicle, including Beth Lange, 41, and five children ages 1, 8, 11, 13 and 15.

Palmer suffered a suspected serious injury and was taken to a local hospital. He was wearing a seat belt.

Mark and Beth Lange and the 8-year-old child suffered suspected minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital. The 11-year-old child suffered a suspected serious injury and was taken to a local hospital. The 1-year-old, 13-year-old and 15-year-old were not injured.

All were wearing seat belts except for the 13-year-old and 15-year-old, who were traveling in the living quarters of the trailer, according to the report.

A Facebook post shared on the pages for Beth and Mark show photos from the accident scene and describe how their truck and trailer caught fire and they barely made it out. Two horses died at the scene and the last one died later that evening, according to the post.

Editor and Publisher Brian McCauley can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or brian.mccauley@miconews.com.

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