Two Dodge City men die in Gray County crash

9/9/2013

Two Dodge City men die in Gray County crash

Two Dodge City men die in Gray County crash

Stretch of U.S. 50 closed for six hours after crash.

By The Telegram

Two Dodge City men died Monday morning of injuries they sustained in a three-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 50, just west of Ingalls.

Cesar Bautista-Cruz, 20, of Dodge City, was westbound on U.S. 50 in a 2004 Ford pickup at about 6:09 a.m., when he attempted to make an improper pass around a 2000 Ford passenger car driven by Jose Saldana-Nava of Buffalo, Okla., who had slowed to make a left-hand turn, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

An eastbound 1997 Peterbilt semi driven by Jose F. Mota, 44, of Garden City, swerved to miss the pickup, but the vehicles ended up colliding nearly head-on.

Bautista-Cruz and a passenger in his vehicle, Jeremiah A. Lee, 22, of Dodge City, were taken to Western Plains Regional Medical Complex in Dodge City, where they later died from their injuries.

Mota was taken to St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, where he was treated and released. Saldana-Nava was not injured.

The Kansas Department of Transportation closed U.S. 50 between the junction of U.S. 50/U.S. 83 at Garden City and the junction of U.S. 50/Kansas 23 at Cimarron at about 7 a.m. due to the accident. It was reopened at about 1 p.m.

All four men involved in the accident were wearing seat belts.

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