One dead, five injured in Gray County crash


By The Telegram

By The Telegram

A 6-year-old Dodge City girl was killed and five others were injured in a one-vehicle accident in Gray County on Saturday.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Esella Vasquez, 6, Dodge City, died as a result of injuries she sustained from the accident, which occurred 14 miles west of Cimarron on Saturday afternoon.

Francisco Vasquez-Rivera, 42, Dodge City, was driving a 1999 GMC Safari, traveling west on U.S. Highway 50 when it blew a rear tire, causing him to lose control of the vehicle. Vasquez-Rivera then swerved to the south, crossing east-bound traffic and then rolled approximately one time, coming to rest on its wheels in a south ditch.

Esella Vasquez died from her injuries. Aracely Rivera, 6, and Emiliano Vasquez, 3, were flown to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, Wichita, where they were both listed in fair condition Sunday. Margarita Vasquez, 36, was in serious condition at St. Francis.

Dealila Vasquez, 17, and Francisco Vasquez-Rivera, were both taken to St Catherine Hospital, Garden City, where their conditions were unavailable. Only Dealila Vasquez and Francisco Vasquez-Rivera were wearing their seat belts, according to the KHP.

The Hutchinson News contributed to this report.

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