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Three teens dead after car crashes into Lyon Co. river

Crews pull a submerged car out of the Cottonwood River after three teens died Saturday night.
Crews pull a submerged car out of the Cottonwood River after three teens died Saturday night.(KVOE)
Updated: May. 8, 2021 at 8:55 PM CDT
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Emporia, Kan. (WIBW) - Three teens have died after a tragic crash in Lyon Co., about 5 miles south of Emporia.

According to Lyon Co. Sheriff’s Office, just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Emporia Police responded to the 800 block of Road 147 on reports of an injured woman walking down the road.

When they arrived, they located Ashely Edwards, 15.

Officials say Edwards was a passenger in a vehicle that drove off the road, past a line of trees, and into the Cottonwood River.

Three other occupants in the vehicle were found dead inside the 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix, which was submerged in the water.

They have been identified as Chase Luby, 17, Paxton Luby, 13, and Shelby Phoenix, 17.

Edwards was transported to Newman Regional for her injuries.

The Lyon Co. Sheriff’s Office says the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

No other information has been released.

Original reports were provided by news partners at KVOE Radio in Emporia. Read their story here.

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