Herrington man dies in crash in Morris County

Fatal Accident

COUNCIL GROVE, Kan. (KSNW) – A man from east central Kansas was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Morris County Tuesday.  The crash occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on U.S. 56 Highway about a mile west of Council Grove.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reports a 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by a 77-year-old Herrington, Kan. woman was eastbound on U.S. 56 when it crossed the center line, went across the westbound lanes, and struck a culvert before rolling one time and coming to rest in the north ditch.

KHP identifies the victim as 79-year-old Eugene Ecklund, also from Herrington.

Troopers say the man was wearing a seat belt, but that the driver was not restrained.

The KHP report did not indicate what caused the vehicle to cross the center line.