According to a release from the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, 45-year-old Steven Lovesee of Kinsley was driving a Freightliner Semi-truck eastbound on K-4 highway, while 23-year-old Ronald Firmin of Zachary was driving southbound on Highway 281. Firmin failed to stop for the southbound stop sign at K-4 highway, and Lovesee attempted to slow down, but was unable to stop the vehicle. Firmin entered the intersection and struck Lovesee’s semi and both vehicles entered the southeast ditch. Lovesee’s semi-truck rolled onto its top.
Firmin, along with the two occupants in his vehicle 38-year-old Zulet Rodriguez-Harp of Great Bend, and 29-year-old Jeremy LeJune of Zachary were all pronounced dead at the scene. Lovesee refused treatment from Hoisington EMS. All occupants involved in the accident were wearing their seatbelts.
Great Bend Fire and EMS and the Kansas Highway Patrol assisted with working the accident.