2 Oklahoma Women Die In Kansas Turnpike Accident

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP)-- Two women from Oklahoma died when their car collided with a pickup truck driven by a man going the wrong way on the Kansas Turnpike.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the accident occurred Tuesday night on Interstate 35 in Wichita.

The patrol says the driver, 65-year-old Donald Fifer of Haysville, was driving south in the northbound lanes when his truck hit a vehicle head-on, struck a guardrail and overturned before starting on fire. He was hospitalized in Wichita.

The driver of the second vehicle, 38-year-old Lori Uchiyama, of Blackwell, Okla., and her passenger, 33-year-old Elizabeth Goodno, of Ponca City, Okla., were killed.

Investigators are trying to determine why Fifer was driving the wrong way.

The accident closed the turnpike for several hours.

Posted by Greg Palmer