Loose-trailer crash kills two in Meade County

Two Liberal residents were killed Thursday after a trailer being towed by a pickup came loose and struck an oncoming vehicle in southwest Kansas, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report.

Salvador Garcia, 71, and Consuelo Z. Garcia, 68, were passengers in a 1998 Chevrolet minivan that was hit by the trailer about 3 p.m., the report said. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

A 2012 Ford F250 was northbound on Meade County Road 4, about 12 miles north of Plains, when the trailer it was towing came loose and crossed the center line. The trailer hit the southbound minivan, the report said.

J. Santos Garcia, 46, who was driving the minivian, was taken to the hospital with injuries, the report said. His condition wasn’t available.

Brian Stump, 44, of Hugoton, was driving the pickup. The accident is still under investigation, the highway patrol said.

This was the second incident in the past three months in Kansas where a trailer has come loose and caused a fatality. A loose trailer killed a Hutchinson couple Aug. 16 in Great Bend.

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