Ford County Sheriff Bill Carr said that Saturday's weekend blizzard was the cause of a fatal crash that took place on Highway 50, two miles east of Wright near milepost 130.3.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Luis Diego Galvan-Gomez, 21, of Dodge City, was driving eastbound on Highway 50 with passenger Maritza Isabel Zamora, 21, of Dodge City.
Galvan-Gomez and Zamora were in a 2002 Subaru Impreza when it lost control and went left of center, striking a 2003 Peterbilt semi-tractor that was heading westbound.
The KHP stated that due to the crash, Galvan-Gomez and Zamora died from injuries they sustained. It is unknown if Galvan-Gomez was wearing a seat belt while the KHP stated that Zamora was wearing a seat belt.
The driver of the Peterbilt, Ronnie Lindsely, 68, from Bath, Illinois, was not injured in the crash and was wearing a seat belt.
Saturday in southwest Kansas saw blizzard conditions blanket the area that led to multiple closings on highways in the area as well as power outages.
According to vice president of communications for Victory Electric Jerri Imgarten-Whitley, power outages began at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
"Crews worked throughout the day and power was restored to all residential members by 10 p.m.," Imgarten-Whitley said. "At the highest point, we had about 3,300 meters without power."
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