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      2 killed in Ochiltree County accident

      An accident on July 7 in Ochiltree County between a semi-truck and a SUV claimed the lives of two people from Spearman.

      An accident on July 7 in Ochiltree County between a semi-truck and a SUV claimed the lives of two people.

      On U.S. Highway 83, 16 miles north of Canadian, the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Fernando Ortiz, 56, of Spearman was traveling north at the intersection of U.S. 83 and FM 281.

      The semi-truck driven by Billy Gene Schwandt, 49, of Johnson City, Tenn., was traveling southbound on Hwy. 83 at the same intersection.

      Ortiz failed to yield to the right of way turning left from Hwy. 83 onto FM 281.

      The semi-truck hit the Equinox on the passenger side.

      Both the driver and the passenger, 49-year-old Leticia Lopez Ortiz of Spearman, of the Equinox were pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Braden Karber. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured.