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McLouth girl dies in crash Monday

September 6, 2006

A tragic Labor Day vehicle accident in Atchison County claimed the life of an 8-year-old McLouth girl.

Barbie Cain, the daughter of Richard Cain and Cindy Cain, both of McLouth, died at the scene of the Monday afternoon accident.

The accident occurred on Kansas 116 Highway south of Effingham, in southwest Atchison County.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the accident occurred after 14-year-old Christopher Cain, the driver of the 1996 Ford Ranger pickup, fell asleep.

"The driver drove off of the roadway, overcorrected and rolled, which is a typical scenario," said Lt. John Eichkorn, KHP spokesperson.

The driver and three of four passengers -- the driver's father, Richard Cain, 45, and two of the driver's sister's, Bethany Cain, 12, and Kylee Cain, 8 -- were wearing seatbelts, Eichkorn said.

Another sister, Barbie Cain, riding in one of the two jump seats behind the three-passenger front seat, was not wearing her seatbelt.

Richard Cain was taken by Lifenet to Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo., where a hospital official said Tuesday that he was in serious condition.

Christopher, Bethany and Kylee were taken to Atchison Hospital, but on Tuesday afternoon a hospital official would neither confirm nor deny if they had been admitted.

Eichkorn said Kansas laws permit 14-year-olds to drive, as long as they have a driver's permit and are accompanied by a licensed adult driver. The teen was licensed to drive. And, Eichkorn said he thought the father was licensed.

Eichkorn said it's not uncommon for drivers to be sleepy in mid-afternoon.

"A lot of times people don't recognize that as being a time when drivers can be sleepy, but it's a time where a lot of people do find themselves dozing off, it's after lunch, the heat of the sun is coming through the window," Eichkorn said.

And, he said accidents like this prove the importance of wearing seatbelts.

"Luckily, four people were buckled up in this vehicle," Eichkorn said. "Tragically, one was not."

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