Archive for Monday, August 18, 2014

Two dead after car crash west of Tonganoxie

August 18, 2014, 10:31 p.m. Updated August 19, 2014, 6:48 a.m.


A head-on collision Monday claimed two drivers west of Tonganoxie.

The accident occurred just after 6 p.m. on Kansas Highway 16 near 235th Street a few miles west of Tonganoxie.

A 1997 Ford F-350, driven by Bart H. Kissinger, 46, Oskaloosa, was heading west on Kansas Highway 16 when it sideswiped the trailer of an oncoming 2008 Ford F-350, driven by Gerald L. Hartshorn, 66, Tonganoxie. Kissinger’s truck then collided head-on with a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Brandon L. McKinsey, 39, Tonganoxie, according to Kansas Highway Patrol reports.

Kissinger and McKinsey were pronounced dead at the scene.

McKinsey was headed east and was traveling behind Hartshorn’s vehicle. Debris from the vehicles involved in the head-on collision struck a third vehicle headed east, a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Ronald D. Grover, 59, Bonner Springs.

The drivers of the vehicles involved in the head-on crash were pronounced dead at the scene.

Kissinger was not wearing a seat belt, while McKinsey was wearing a safety restraint, reports said. Others involved in the wreck were wearing seat belts and were not injured, including Laura L. Hartshorn, 53, Tonganoxie, a passenger in the F-350 carrying the trailer.

The wreck closed the highway down for nearly six hours. The Kansas Department of Transportation reported the road was opened back up to traffic just before midnight.


Linda and Bill Houghton 3 years, 3 months ago

I met the fellow in Oskaloosa who set up barricades around the accident scene and he said that texting was involved. One would think that people would learn with as much publicity as there has been.

James Garvey 3 years, 3 months ago

Why would you spread "UNSUBSTANTIATED" RUMOR? Was the person you spoke to a member of Law Enforcement? The only person who knows whether texting was involved is DEAD!!

Isn't it better just to keep quiet?

Arnie Bunkers 3 years, 3 months ago

its more prevalent than ever. When I glance into my rear view mirror on Iowa street, I would say 50% of the time the person behind me has their eyes down in the classic text-face mode. If the person is under 30, its more like 80%. This has to stop

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 years, 3 months ago

Everyone thinks that they are capable of multitasking like that, so they ignore the messages. If you really need to send someone a text, people, it doesn't take long just to pull over, put on your emergency lights if necessary, and make the text. But for the most part it can wait.

Mike Riner 3 years, 3 months ago

Too many folks feel they have to speculate what happened in cases like this and others. It would be better for everyone to wait until those who actually KNOW what happened to disclose the FACTS.

Robin Jones 3 years, 3 months ago

I'm sitting here with his phone in front of me. He's my nephew and he's dead, as well as an innocent young man who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. How about just putting this story to bed and using the energy to pray for both families?

Kimberly Hatch 3 years, 3 months ago

I agree with Robin prayers for both families is the right thing to do. Not worry about who was doing what.

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