Two women, one infant killed in crash south of Lawrence

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) -- Three people are dead after a driver lost control, crossed the median, and hit another oncoming car on U.S. 59 south of Lawrence Friday evening, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

KHP says just before 6 p.m. Friday, a 2004 Chevy Classic was traveling southbound on U-59 near mile marker 152, when the driver lost control and crossed the grassy median into northbound lanes, hitting a 2019 Nissan Sentra.

The driver of the Chevy, Tiffany Cox, 20 of Ottawa, and her two occupants, Kiffany Mietchen, 19, and an eight-month-old child — both of Baldwin City — were killed in the crash.

Cox and the eight-month-old were wearing their seatbelts, while Mietchen was not.

The driver of the Nissan, Craig Russell McKinney, 62 of Topeka, was taken to the hospital with a suspected minor injury. He was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

KHP says it's not known why Cox lost control of the vehicle.


A stretch of U.S. 59 leading into Lawrence is expected to be closed for several hours Friday evening after a crash that killed three people, according to the Kansas Dept. of Transportation.

Authorities have not released too many details about the crash itself, including how many vehicles were involved or what caused it. The wreck happened around 6 p.m. on the highway, south of town, KDOT said.

As of 8 p.m., all northbound lanes of U.S. 59 between 650 Road and 1000 road are blocked off and are expected to remain so well into the night. Traffic is being detoured along Old U.S. 59 in that area and drivers are urged to find an alternate route, if possible.

The Kansas Highway Patrol and Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office are investigating the crash.

None of the names of the individuals have been released.

This story is still developing. 13 NEWS will update this story as more information becomes available.