2 killed in separate Kansas crashes involving semis

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The Kansas Highway Patrol says two people have died in separate crashes involving semis on opposite ends of the state.

The first crash happened at 7:40 a.m. on U-56 west of K-23 in Gray County. The Patrol reports a Dodge pickup veered into oncoming traffic and hit the semi head-on. 

The driver of the pickup, 21-year-old Zachariah Hammond, of Montezuma, was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

About an hour later in Crawford County, an 87-year-old man died when his pickup was struck by a semi at the U-69 bypass in Arma. 

The Patrol says Fred Bognia, of Arma, failed to yield to the semi and the vehicles collided in the intersection. Bognia died at the scene.

The driver of the semi was also hospitalized.

Gray County is in southwest Kansas and Crawford County is in the southeast part of the state.

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