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December 12, 2000

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Topeka

Road conditions posted on KDOT Web site

Travelers in Kansas now can use the Internet to keep up with weather-related road conditions throughout the state.

The Kansas Department of Transportation on Monday launched a Web site that features a map with color-coded roadways to indicate their conditions ranging from wet, to varying degrees of snow-packed and ice, to being closed, which is shown in red.

People can view major statewide routes or focus on a particular area. The map is based on information supplied by KDOT crews in the field.

KDOT said that because weather changes rapidly in the state, it cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information.

The map can be found at www.kanroad.org, or at KDOT's Web site at www.ksdot.org by clicking on "Road Conditions."

Goodwell, Okla.

Two Kansans, two others die in head-on collision

A couple from Kansas and two people from Arizona were killed when their vehicles collided head-on on U.S. 54 south of Goodwell, authorities said.

The accident occurred Sunday afternoon when a pickup driven by Gerhard Rempel, 36, of Montezuma, Kan., crossed the center line and collided with a car driven by Daniel Paul Kearn, 35, of Prescott, Ariz., the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

Also killed was Agetha Rempel, 35, of Montezuma, Kan., who was a passenger in the pickup. Crystal Anne Williams, 33, of Prescott, Ariz., was a passenger in Kearn's car and also was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.

There were no survivors.

Troopers cited an icy road and foggy conditions as possible causes for the accident. Of the four who were killed, only Kearn was wearing a seat belt, the patrol said.

Abilene

Icy streets blamed for fatal accident

Slick roads created by a winter storm are blamed for an Abilene woman's death Monday morning, the Dickinson County Sheriff's Department said.

Marcia Debenham, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene, which occurred about 6:30 a.m. on a county road, authorities said, when Debenham lost control of her car. The car went into a ditch and overturned.

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