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Two killed in crash near Pratt

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, May 2, 2014, at 5:54 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, May 2, 2014, at 7:11 p.m.

A traffic accident on K-61 five miles north of Pratt left two people in their 70s dead Friday morning.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said Halstead residents Ronald J. Werner, 75, and Kathleen L. Werner, 73, were heading south on the highway in a 2004 Ford Taurus when a northbound truck crossed the center line about 10 a.m. The truck, a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche, crossed far enough over that it slammed into the car on its passenger side, Trooper Mark Crump said by phone, and flipped on its roof.

The truck slid northward before stopping, Crump said. The car spun around and stopped facing east on the northbound shoulder of the road.

The Werners died at the scene, Crump said. They were a divorced couple, he said.

The 20-year-old Texas man driving the truck, Edio Estrada Jr., was taken to Pratt Regional Medical Center with possible injuries. Crump said Friday night that he has since been released.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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