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Georgia Truck Driver Injured in Head-On Crash on Kansas Highway

January 21, 2019

ELLSWORTH COUNTY, KS. – A Georgia truck driver was injured in a head-on collision with another tractor-trailer on January 11 in Ellsworth County, Kansas, according to an online news story from The driver of the other tractor-trailer died in the collision.*

The crash occurred on January 11 on Kansas Highway 156 in Ellsworth County. At approximately 5 p.m., a 2004 Freightliner tractor-trailer was traveling westbound on Kansas 156 and came to a curve near the Kansas Highway 140 junction. 

In attempting to travel around the curve, the driver of the Freightliner lost control and nearly jackknifed. The tractor-trailer then traveled into the eastbound lane and hit a 2016 Kenworth tractor-trailer head-on. It is not yet clear why the driver of the Freightliner lost control of his tractor-trailer. Authorities have not listed any potential factors in the crash, like speed or inattention. 

The driver of the Freightliner suffered severe injuries and did not survive. Officials pronounced him dead at the scene and transported him to Parsons Funeral Home. He has been identified as 41-year-old Ernesto Rafael Nevarez Medoza, of Mexico. Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers said Medoza was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The driver of the Kenworth was 23-year-old Derek Jeff Hopkins, of Jefferson, Georgia. Hopkins suffered injuries in the accident, and emergency crews transported him to a hospital in Ellsworth, Kansas, for treatment. The extent of his injuries and his current medical condition have not been reported. Hopkins was also wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to Troopers. 

No further information is available at this time. 

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