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CAUSE OF DOUBLE-FATALITY ELUDES AUTHORITIES

October 2, 1998

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Four days after a two-vehicle accident left both drivers dead in an apparent head-on collision, authorities Thursday still were trying to figure out why the crash occurred.

``That's the strange thing about it -- it was a daytime accident and there was no sign of skid marks,'' said Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Rodney Cole, the lead investigator of the accident.

``The weather was good and the pavement was dry,'' he said. ``I wish we knew more.''

Mark Limones, 39, Lawrence, and Barbara Pryor, 51, Tonganoxie, were declared dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred about 10:45 a.m. Monday about a mile east of the Douglas-Leavenworth county line on U.S. Highway 24-40.

Authorities still were trying to determine which direction each driver was going when the vehicles apparently struck head-on near the drivers' side.

Cole said autopsies were conducted on both drivers on Wednesday to determine if there may have been any medical factors that contributed to the accident, he said.

Autopsy results will not be available for one to three weeks.

Authorities still have not located any eyewitnesses to the accident.

Contrary to previous statements by the KHP, Pryor, who was driving a 1993 full-sized pickup, was wearing a seatbelt, Cole said.

Investigators were trying to determine if Limones was wearing one as well, he said. Limones was driving a 1995 Plymouth minivan.

-- Michael Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is mdekker@ljworld.com.

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