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Dodge City girl killed in rollover accident on Highway 50

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012, at 9:40 p.m.

A blown tire caused a rollover accident that killed a 6-year-old Dodge City girl and injured five others in southwest Kansas on Saturday, the Kansas Highway Patrol reports.

Esella Vasquez died after the driver of the 1999 GMC Safari she was riding in lost control when the tire blew and swerved into oncoming traffic, according to an accident report. The van rolled once and landed right-side up in a ditch.

Esella died later at a Cimarron hospital.

The girl was among five passengers — including a 3-year-old boy and girls, 6 and 17 — in the vehicle when the accident occurred shortly before 2:30 p.m. about 14 miles west of Cimarron on U.S. Highway 50, the highway patrol said.

The injured were taken to St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. The van’s driver, Francisco Vasquez-Rivera, 42; Margarita Vasquez, 36; and the two younger surviving children were later flown to Wichita for treatment.

Vasquez was listed in serious condition Saturday evening, said a house supervisor at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis; the children were both in fair condition.

Vasquez-Rivera was in serious condition, according to a spokeswoman for St. Catherine. The 17-year-old was treated and released, she said.

The highway patrol reports the woman, boy and both 6-year-old girls were unrestrained when the crash occurred.

All are residents of Dodge City.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/amyreneeleiker.

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