2 killed, 2 hospitalized in head-on crash Tuesday in Ford County in southwest Kansas

A double-fatality crash was reported at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday on US-54 highway, about 8 miles northeast of Minneola. (Google Maps)

Two people were killed and two others were hospitalized after a head-on crash involving a pickup truck and semi-trailer Tuesday morning in Ford County in southwest Kansas, authorities said.

 

The crash was reported at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday on US-54 highway, about 8 miles northeast of Minneola.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2016 Ford F-150 pickup truck was westbound in the eastbound lane of US-54 highway when it collided head-on with a 2015 Freightliner semi-trailer that was traveling east in the eastbound lane.

After the collision, both vehicles came to rest on the south shoulder of the highway.

The driver of the pickup truck, Andrew L. Manning, 34, of Wichita, and a passenger in his vehicle, Ashiona J. Hollingsworth, 27, of Winfield, were taken to Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City, where both were pronounced dead. The patrol said Manning and Hollingsworth were wearing their seat belts.

The driver of the semi, James J. Kopp, 72, of Albert Lea, Minn., was reported injured and was taken to Minneola District Hospital in Minneola. The patrol said Kopp was wearing a seat belt.

A passenger in the vehicle, Tommy L. Wilkie, 58, of Apple Valley, Minn., was reported possibly injured and was taken to Minneola District Hospital. The patrol said Wilkie wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

Tuesday’s fatal crash came one day after four people were killed in separate collisions on Monday on Kansas highways.

 

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