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Victims Identified in Deadly Highway 59 Crash

The fatal wreck happened Tuesday on U.S. Highway 59, southwest of the Atchison city limits.

Posted: Jun 6, 2018 8:18 AM

(ATCHISON, KS.) KAIR - A head-on collision between a car and a semi tractor trailer late Tuesday afternoon in Atchison County leaves two dead.

Atchison County Sheriff Jack Laurie tells MSC News the fatal wreck happened on U.S. Highway 59, southwest of the Atchison city limits.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says killed in the crash were 55-year-old Atchison resident Elaine Drennon and her 54-year-old passenger, Karen Keil, of Kansas City, Missouri.

The Patrol says Drennon was northbound when her Mercury Cougar crossed the center line and struck a southbound semi-tractor trailer hauling cattle head-on around 5:00.

The driver of the semi, 48-year-old Annville, Kentucky resident William Wilson, was transported to Mosaic Life Care, in St. Joseph, Missouri, with what the Patrol described as disabling injuries.

The Patrol says all the occupants were buckled up except for Keil.

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The forecast for today will be very similar to yesterday, but just a couple degrees warmer although we are still staying relatively cool for this time in August. The air quality is much better today with the haze starting to clear out of the area. Tonight will be cool and calm with lows in the mid 60s and light winds. There is a slight chance for isolated showers tonight and tomorrow afternoon, although most of the area should stay dry. Dry and sunny conditions continue into the weekend as temperatures start to warm up again. Highs look to stay in the 80s until midweek and then start to climb into the 90s as we head into the weekend.
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