Just before noon Saturday, a red 2003 Ford Escort shot north on Greenwich, blew past a stop sign and collided with an eastbound Chevy Silverado in the outside lane of K-254. The Ford rolled at least once.
Two El Dorado men in the Ford — one in his late 40s, the other in his early 50s — were thrown out and died at the scene, said Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Darren Moser.
The eastbound Silverado driver had significant injuries, but they didn't appear to be life-threatening. A passenger in a third car, heading east in the inside highway lane, suffered minor injuries, Moser said.
At the time of the collision, Ron Wescott, 40, was in his home about 150 yards from the intersection. Over the noise of an air conditioner, his children and the television, he heard a "loud pop," looked out his bay window and saw the Ford and Chevy spinning in clouds of dust.
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Wescott called 911 as he rushed toward the wreckage.
He found two men outside the red car and checked for pulses.
"They were gone," he said.
It was the second time in the past several months that Wescott has gone to help after a fatal collision at the intersection. A young man died after the previous crash, he said.
There have been other serious accidents there over the years, he said.
Stop signs face Greenwich traffic approaching the divided K-254 highway, which has a 70-mph speed limit. The speed limit on Greenwich is 55 mph.
An initial investigation indicates the red car was going at a high speed, Moser said. It's not clear who was driving, he said.