2 dead, another hurt in turnpike crash

Ponca City Now - April 16, 2014 8:45 am

WICHITA, KAN. – Two Oklahoma residents are dead and a Haysville man has potentially serious injuries following a crash on the Kansas Turnpike.

It happened around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday just north of the 71st Street S./ Haysville exit. A report filed by the Turnpike Authority says a pickup driver was going the wrong way n the northbound lanes and may hit a car head-on.

The pickup caught on fire, but fire crews were able to bring that fire under control. Two people in the car were killed after they hit a guardrail and rolled over.

The people in the car were identified early Wednesday as Lori Uchiyama, 38, of Blackwell, Oklahoma and Elizabeth Goodno, 33, of Ponca City. The pick up driver was Donald Fifer, 65, of Haysville.

Northbound lanes of the turnpike were closed after the crash for close to four hours. One lane reopened at around 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, with the other reopening around 1:30.


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