Archive for Friday, December 21, 2012

2nd traffic fatality blamed on winter storm

December 21, 2012, 12:22 p.m. Updated December 21, 2012, 1:00 p.m.

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The Kansas Highway Patrol is reporting a second fatality blamed on this week’s winter weather.

The patrol says 26-year-old Jason Skyler Harper of Manhattan died in the accident Thursday afternoon on Interstate 70 in Geary County at Grandview Plaza.

KMAN reports the patrol says Harper lost control of his car because of icy conditions and hit a dump truck that was parked on the side of the road.

A passenger in Harper’s car was taken to Geary Community Hospital. The truck driver was not hurt.

A crash Wednesday evening in Ford County killed 21-year-old Roy Gaytan of Dallas, Texas. He was a passenger in a vehicle that collided head-on with a tractor-trailer truck in the midst of a blizzard. A third vehicle then ran into the other two vehicles.

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