Kansas airman killed in head-on crash
TONGANOXIE, Kan. (KAKE) - A 23-year-old Kansas Air National Guard soldier was killed over the weekend when a pickup truck crashed head-on into her car.
The accident happened at around 10:45 p.m. Saturday on K-163 near 3rd Street in southern Jefferson County. The Kansas Highway Patrol says a eastbound Chevy Silverado crossed over the center line and hit an oncoming Chevy Cruze.
Staff Sgt. Cheyanne Branson was driving the Cruze and died at the scene. The 35-year-old Kansas City man driving the pickup was not hurt.
According to a release, Branson served 4 ½ years with the Kansas Air National Guard 190th Air Refueling Wing as a career development specialist. The patrol's online crash log states she was from Diana, Texas.
“Our hearts are with her family, friends, loved ones and fellow Guardsmen,” said Col. Brian Budden, commander of the 190th ARW. “Cheyanne was an extraordinary Airman who has made an impact on so many around her. I called her one of our ‘rock-stars’.”
The accident is under investigation by the Kansas Highway Patrol.