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Devastating Early Morning Wrong Way Accident Kills Four on Turnpike

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A Wichita family of four (4) are the victims of a tragic car accident on a Kansas turnpike. According to local news reports, the family was traveling southbound on I-35 in a minvan when a SUV driven northbound in the southbound lane by a 27 year old man collided with them at a high rate of speed. Immediately afterward, the minivan was struck in the rear by a southbound semi-trailer.

Only a 17 year old girl survived the crash that killed her mother, twin sister and 9 year old brother. The driver of the wrong way SUV also perished in the crash.

According to www.kansas .com, the SUV driven by the 27 year old was reported to authorities to be driving the wrong way on the interstate. The report states

At 4:38 a.m. Monday, dispatchers for the Kansas Turnpike Authority began receiving phone calls.

The driver of a red 1995 SUV was headed the wrong way on I-35 near Belle Plaine.

Numerous calls were taken in the next few minutes as Davis traveled north from the exit in the southbound lanes nearly five miles.

At 4:40, the phone call came reporting a major accident near the 30.9 mile marker on the turnpike.

The accident blocked all southbound lanes of traffic. The semi-trailer overturned onto its side. The SUV and van came to rest in the passing lane. The SUV caught fire.

Our thoughts are prayers are with the family of the deceased.

I would be remised if I didn’t remind everyone of the dangers of early morning traveling. While it’s too early to speculate as to the cause of the accident (authorities report they are still investigating), these early morning collisions are all too often the result of fatigue and/or impaired driving. Remember when traveling in the morning to use heightened defensive driving skills and make sure you are rested enough to complete your trip.