ULYSSES, Kan. (KAKE) - The Kansas Highway Patrol has identified two people who were killed in a multiple-vehicle pileup in southwest Kansas during a dust storm last week.

The patrol says 55-year-old Thomas Peterson of Cimarron and 78-year-old Doyle Kauk of Hoxie were outside their vehicles when they were struck at around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. The initial crash happened at around 12:15 p.m. about eight miles west of K-25 on U.S. 160.

A semi and three other vehicles were involved in the initial collision. Then another semi, which was eastbound, collided with multiple vehicles. 

Three people were treated at hospitals for minor injuries. 

The patrol lists a firetruck and ambulance as vehicles involved in the collisions, but additional information regarding their involvement was not provided.

High winds reduced visibility at the time of the collisions. Ahead of Wednesday's extreme weather, the National Weather Service had issued a high wind warning for an area stretching from New Mexico to upper Michigan, the Associated Press reports. Gusts topping 80 mph were recorded in western Kansas. Wind gusts of 100 mph were reported in Russell.


A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the crash was in northwest Kansas.