State: Spot Where Four Died in Crash Meets Standards

By: AP
By: AP

ULYSSES, Kan. (AP) _ State officials say an intersection a busy highway in southwest Kansas where four teens died is within traffic safety standards.

Kansas Department of Transportation traffic engineers found the number of crashes at Stubbs Road and U.S. 160 is well below the state average. The intersection is the site of a March 27 collision that killed four Ulysses High School students and left a fifth injured.

The highway patrol said the car pulled onto U.S. 160 and was hit broadside by an eastbound 18-wheeler.

Highway officials said that a traffic-data analysis showed that the intersection's crash rate is just under 5 per 10 million entering vehicles. The statewide urban average is 10 crashes per 10 million vehicles.

A critical rate would be more than 16 per 10 million entering vehicles.


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