Ottawa — Two adults killed and three children injured in collision
A head-on collision that resulted in the deaths of two women and injuries to three children remained under investigation Monday.
Deborah Moehlman, 34, of Lyndon, and Karla K. Brannan, 29, of Ottawa, were pronounced dead Sunday shortly after 1:45 p.m. on Kansas Highway 68, about 20 miles west of Ottawa in Franklin County, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.
The injured were Moehlman's daughter, Silver, 13, and Brannan's two children, Stephanie, 7, and Nicholas, 10.
The patrol said Brannan was traveling west when her car was struck head-on by an eastbound car driven by Moehlman.
The patrol said witness statements and physical evidence indicated the collision occurred when Moehlman tried to pass a pickup truck pulling a pop-up trailer while in a no-passing zone. No one in the pickup was hurt.
Silver Moehlman was transferred from Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Her condition was not being released at the request of the family, a nursing supervisor said.
Stephanie Brannan was listed in critical condition, and Nicholas Brannan, in serious condition at Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.