1 injured following Ford County Crash


FORD COUNTY, Kan. — One person has been injured following a two-vehicle accident in Ford County on Wednesday morning.

The crash happened just before 6 a.m. on U.S. 50, three miles west of the Dodge City city limits.

A 2004 Peterbilt Semi driven by Aaron Soto-Barrios, 26, Garden City was eastbound on U.S. 50 when a 2009 Chevy passenger car driven by Christine Knifer Schmidt, 48, Dodge City was also headed eastbound. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Schmidt slowed down to avoid a deer in the roadway, but hit the deer. Soto-Barrios then hit the back end of Schmidt’s vehicle and caused her to go in to the ditch on the north side of the road. Soto-Barrios’ semi then flipped on to it’s side in the south ditch.

Schmidt was taken to Western Plains Medical Complex with a suspected minor injury, while Soto-Barrios had no apparent injuries. Schmidt was wearing her seat belt, while Soto-Barrios was not.

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