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Semi-truck collision leaves southwest Kansas man dead

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A collision between a truck and a semi left a 21-year-old Montezuma man dead Monday morning in southwest Kansas.

Zachariah E. Hammond was driving a 2006 Dodge pickup east on Highway 56 near Montezuma when he crossed into oncoming traffic and hit the semi head on around 7:40 a.m., the Kansas Highway Patrol said in a crash report. He was taken to Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City and succumbed to his injuries.

The 53-year-old man driving the semi, Robert L. Hoskinson of Cimarron, also was hospitalized with injuries.

The highway patrol said it’s unclear what made Hammond cross into oncoming traffic.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker

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