Crime & Courts

Driver ran stop sign in fiery crash that killed 2 southwest of Wichita, report says

The Wichita Eagle

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deadly crash southwest of Wichita after finding two vehicles on fire and two people dead outside a pick-up truck, officials say.

A witness reported at 8:18 p.m. Wednesday that the truck ran a stop sign and hit a semi-truck at the intersection of 183rd West and MacArthur. The semi-truck was driving west on MacArthur. The pick-up truck was driving south on 183rd.

The pick-up and the semi “became engulfed in flames,” the sheriff’s report says.

Both people from the pick-up truck died. The driver of the semi-truck had minor injuries and did not want treatment, Lt. Timothy Myers said.

The sheriff’s report identifies the two who died as Darold Hale and Colleen Hale.

Investigators are still trying to determine what led up to the accident. Myers said it’s not clear which person was driving. Their causes of death are under investigation.

An Oklahoma semi-truck driver passing in a no-passing zone nearly crashed head-on into a state trooper, before the trooper veered to the shoulder to avoid a collision, dashcam video shows.

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Chance Swaim won the Betty Gage Holland Award in 2018 for distinguished service to honor and protect the integrity of public dialogue on America’s college campuses. He has been a news reporter for The Wichita Eagle since 2018. You can contact him at 316-269-6752 and