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Downs men hurt in accident

Two Downs men were hospitalized in a single-vehicle accident at approximately 6:34 a.m. Monday in Russell County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2006 Dodge pickup driven by Timothy D. Horacek, 42, Downs, swerved to miss several deer on U.S. Highway 281, approximately 10 miles north of Russell. The vehicle went off the east edge of the roadway, down a steep embankment and came to rest on its wheels in a dry creek bed.

Both the driver and a passenger in the vehicle, Gary Horacek, 41, Downs, were transported to Russell County Regional Hospital for treatment of possible injuries.

KHP reported both were wearing seat belts.