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Two Oklahomans killed in western Kansas crash involving FedEx truck

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 7:44 a.m.

Two Oklahomans have been identified as those killed Wednesday morning in a traffic accident that involved a FedEx semi a mile west of Greensburg.

Aurora Diane Balch, 35, and Donald Anthony Barrs, 27, both of Weatherford, Okla., were killed in an accident shortly after 3:30 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 54 and U.S. 183 in Kiowa County, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report.

Balch was driving a 2006 Chrysler north on U.S. 183 when she failed to yield the right of way at the intersection, the report said. There’s a sign that requires U.S. 183 traffic to stop.

The westbound semi struck the Chrysler on the passenger side, where Barrs was sitting. The impact sent both vehicles in a ditch north of U.S. 54, the report said.

The semi was operated by FedEx, a highway patrol dispatcher said.

Anibal Ruiz-Figueroa, 58, of Stratford, Texas, was driving the truck. He had possible injuries, the report said.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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