One person was killed and seven others were injured – including two Wichitans – in a two-vehicle crash Saturday in Ford County after one of the vehicles struck a bull in the road, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol crash report.
Alma M. Bencomo, 66, of Dodge City died after the Dodge SUV she was driving struck a bull that was in the westbound lane of U.S. 400 in Ford County about 26 miles east of Dodge City, the report said.
After striking the bull, the Dodge SUV went left of center, the report said, and collided with a Mercedes Benz SUV driven by 41-year-old Tony Thirakul of Wichita. The accident happened just before 11 p.m. Saturday. Bencomo was taken to Western Plains Regional Hospital in Dodge City and was pronounced dead about two hours after the crash.
Five passengers in the Dodge SUV – a 23-year-old woman and four children under the age of 8, including a 16-month-old girl – were also taken to Western Plains Regional with injuries, the report said.
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A 7-year-old girl who was in the Dodge SUV was airlifted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita following the crash. According to a Wesley Medical spokeswoman, the girl was in critical condition as of early Monday afternoon.
Thirakul and 55-year-old David Durben of Wichita, a passenger in the Mercedes Benz SUV, were taken to Western Plains Regional.