At least 8 killed in crashes across Kansas

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email
At least eight people were killed Saturday in traffic accidents across the state.

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WICHITA, Kan. -- At least eight people were killed Saturday in traffic accidents across the state.

One person was killed and three others hurt in a head-on crash on a stretch of highway in southwest Kansas. It happened around 1:40 a.m. Saturday on U.S Highway 54, about two and a half miles east of Meade. Click here for that story.

A 20-year-old Sterling woman was killed in an accident around 11:15 Saturday morning. The Kansas Highway Patrol said Allyson Yutzy was westbound on K-14 just west of Nickerson when she lost control of her Saturn Ion, veered into oncoming traffic and collided with an SUV. Yutzy was pronounced dead at the scene. The two in the SUV were taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. They have been identified as Thomas Fortune, 24, of Butte, and Casey Fouts, 22, of Sterling.

Troopers are also investigating a fatal accident in Seward County. It happened around 11:25 p.m. Saturday near Palo Verde Drive and East 2nd Street. Reports state a vehicle was eastbound on 2nd Street and struck two pedestrians in the roadway. Both were killed. The patrol said they were men in their 30s, but their identities have not been released. We are awaiting further details.

An accident around 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Coffey County claimed the life of an Osage teen. The patrol said 19-year-old Kelsey Rae Gordon was heading east on K-58 when her car went off the roadway and rolled two and a half times before coming to rest on its roof in a ditch. She was taken to a local hospital where she later died.

Deputies in Sedgwick County said a man was killed around 5 p.m. Saturday in a crash involving multiple vehicles near Rock Road and 39th Street South. Click here for that story.

A Wellsville man and a Lawrence teen died in an accident around 7:00 Saturday evening. It happened abound six miles east of Baldwin City in Douglas County. Troopers said Rodney Strickell was southbound on County Road 1061, failed to stop at the stop sign at U.S. Highway 56 and struck the passenger side of an SUV. Strickell’s car then rolled onto its top. He was pronounced dead at the scene, as was his passenger, 17-year-old Dylan Strickell. Three people in the SUV were taken to a local hospital. The driver was not hurt, but his two passengers had minor injuries.

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