Wednesday, October 9, 2013
A Lyons couple is dead following a traffic accident yesterday in Barton County.
The crash happened shortly before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday on K-156 about a mile and a half northeast of Claflin.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a Buick Lucerne was merging onto eastbound K-156 from K-4 when the driver tried to make a u-turn in the path of an eastbound semi truck.
The semi struck the car, sending it into a ditch and down an embankment.
Both occupants of the car were taken to an area hospital where they later died. They have been identified as 80-year-old Gordon L. Zahradnik and 78-year-old Rae Vivian Zahradnik of Lyons.
The 50-year-old semi driver from Iowa was not hurt.