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Woman hospitalized after wreck on 50 near Walton 
A 20-year-old Florence woman was hospitalized in critical condition Friday afternoon after the vehicle she was driving collided with a semi on U.S. 50 in northeast Harvey County. Jamie L. Ward was taken to Wesley Medical Center by LifeTeam air ambulance from the scene of the accident about two miles east of Walton.  Highway Patrol Trooper Carson Nuss said Ward was driving a 1990 Pontiac west on U.S. 50 when her car drifted left of the center line into the path of the eastbound semi. The car struck the trailer and slid into the rear tires. It was unclear why Ward’s vehicle left the westbound side of the road, Nuss said. The wreck happened about 3:15 p.m. LifeTeam landed at the scene of the accident less than 30 minutes later.  The driver of the semi was not hurt, and no citations have been issued, Nuss said. The wreck completely closed the highway for at least an hour. It re-opened to both lanes of traffic nearly four hours after the accident. (Chris Strunk, The Newton Kansan, Newton Kansas. May 24, 2003).

Woman dies after collision on U.S. 50 
A Florence woman, who was hospitalized after her vehicle collided with a semi Friday on U.S. 50 in Harvey County, died Saturday. Jamie L. Ward, 20, was pronounced dead at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, a day after being air-lifted from the scene of the wreck, two miles east of Walton. Kansas Highway Patrol officials said Ward’s vehicle drifted across the center line of the highway into the path of the westbound semi. The collision happened about 3:15 p.m. It was unclear, troopers said, why Ward’s vehicle crossed into the westbound lane.  Ward, a 2001 Marion High School graduate, was a waitress at Town and Country Cafe in Florence and a cashier at Wal-Mart in Newton. A memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. today at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Marion. (The Newton Kansan, Newton Kansas.  May 27, 2003).

Jamie L. Ward, 20, died Saturday (May 24, 2003) at HCA Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. She was born Feb. 19, 1983, to Charlene Lawrence in Marlow, Okla. She survives of Florence. She was a 2001 graduate of Marion High School. She attended Good News Christian Fellowship Church in Marion. She was a waitress at Town and Country Cafe in Florence and a cashier at Wal-Mart in Newton.  Other survivors include: a stepfather, Dale Coe of Florence; a stepbrother, Dale Coe Jr. of Oklahoma City; four sisters, Cristina Newman of Wichita, Jennifer Swanson of Meadowgrove, Neb., and Naomi Coe and Debra Coe, both of Florence; and grandmother, Dorothy Asmus of Florence. Memorial service will be held May 27 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Marion. Pastor Larry King officiating. Memorials have been established with the American Red Cross in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 104 W. Fifth Street, Florence, KS 66851. (Zeiner Funeral Home, May 25, 2003).

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