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Kansas man, 20, killed in highway crash with semi pulling cattle trailer, troopers say

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash on U.S. 50 in Reno County
The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash on U.S. 50 in Reno County Trooper Chad Crittenden

State troopers investigated a crash in Reno County that led to the death of a 20-year-old man.

Trooper Chad Crittenden with the Kansas Highway Patrol said in a tweet that troopers were investigating a fatal crash near Sylvia. The two-vehicle crash happened on U.S. 50 at around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, and the road was closed in both directions.

One person died and two others were injured, Crittenden said. A photo tweeted by the trooper showed a semi pulling a cattle trailer was involved in the wreck.

Troopers with the highway patrol’s critical highway accident response team is investigated the crash. In a crash report, they wrote that a 2012 Chevrolet Impala was northbound on Thompson Road. The car stopped at the stop sign at U.S. 50, about a mile north of Sylvia. The car then pulled into the lanes of the highway, where it was struck broadside by a Kenworth semi tractor pulling a Wilson cattle trailer.

The man who died was a passenger in the car. The crash report states that Dwayne J. Depperschmidt, 20, of Sylvia, was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to the Sedgwick County coroner.

A second passenger was taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita with a suspected serious injury. Troopers identified him as Cody A. George, 18, of Sylvia.

The driver of the car was identified as Malyssa D. Depperschmidt, 19, of Sylvia. She was taken to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center with a suspected serious injury, KHP said.

The driver of the semi had no apparent injury, the report states. He was identified as Jimmie L. March, 43, of Houstonia, Missouri.

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