• Daily Leader staff report
A former Hugoton resident and a Dodge City man were killed in a collision Friday in Ford County, and a Liberal man was one of three injured in another accident Thursday, also in Ford County, according to reports from the Kansas Highway Patrol.
The fatalities occurred around 7:30 Friday morning, when a 2001 GMC pickup was eastbound on U.S. Highway 400 about four miles east of the U.S.-400/U.S.-56 junction near Dodge City.
That vehicle was driven by Timothy E. Conrardy, 56, of Dodge City, and a second vehicle, a 2000 Toyota Camry, driven by Angelia Janine Dale, 31, of Bucklin and formerly of Hugoton, was westbound on Highway 400.
According to the KHP, Conrardy attempted to pass a semi when it struck the Camry head-on. Both Dale and Conrardy were taken to Western Plains Regional Hospital in Dodge City where they were pronounced dead.
Seat belts were equipped and in use in both vehicles.
A second accident also occurred about one mile west of the 56/400 junction Thursday evening. This accident injured three individuals, including Humberto Ortiz, 37, of Liberal.
Around 10:20 p.m. Thursday, the KHP reported a 2001 GMC Yukon, driven by Christopher G. Reeves, 24, of Dodge City, attempted to make a left turn on to U.S. 400 out of a parking lot.
At that time, the Yukon was struck by a 2007 Peterbuilt tractor, driven by Ortiz, eastbound on Highway 400. The Peterbuilt then went left of center and was struck by a westbound 2001 Kenworth semi, driven by Scott Murphy Hancock, 36, of Cashion, Okla.
All three drivers were taken to Western Plains with injuries. Seat belts were equipped and in use in the Peterbuilt and the Kenworth, but not in the Yukon, according to the KHP.