Highway crash kills 2 near Belleville

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BELLEVILLE, Kan. (KSNT)– Two people are dead after a car and tractor crash in Belleville on Saturday.

Steven Torres, 62, and Sherry Torres, 62, were driving west on the US-36 off-ramp, as a semi-tractor was traveling north on US-81.

Steven attempted to turn south onto US-81 Highway, when Douglas Watts, the driver of the tractor, attempted to avoid colliding into the car. As Douglas, 28, tried to avoid the car, but the tractor struck the car doors.

Torres’ car stopped west of US-81 Highway, and the tractor was overturned on US-81, blocking southbound traffic.

Both Steven Torres and Sherry Torres died from the crash.

All three were wearing seatbelts.

The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the crash.

The southbound lanes have now opened after being blocked for hours, as the northbound lanes have been opened.

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