WICHITA, Kansas – Officials are still investigating a double fatal collision on the Kansas Turnpike.
It happened around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday at milepost 41 in the northbound lanes of the turnpike near 55th Street South.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a Ford 150, driven by 65-year-old Donald G. Fifer, Jr. of Haysville, was southbound in the northbound lanes of the Kansas Turnpike.
Fifer then struck a 2009 Pontiac G6 which was northbound on the inside lane.
The Pontiac struck a guardrail, overturned and came to rest in the roadway.
The truck slid into an outside lane and caught fire.
Two women, 38-year-old Lori Y. Milton of Blackwell, Oklahoma and 33-year-old Elizabeth Marie Goodno of Ponca City, Oklahoma, were both killed.
Fifer was transported to a Wichita hospital.
Preliminary reports show the Ford F150 entered the Kansas Turnpike at the South Wichita toll plaza on the correct ramp to go northbound. You can see the map below.
While on the ramp the driver drove off the roadway striking a sign, crossing the grassy gore.
The pickup truck re-entered the roadway traveling southbound in the northbound lane and striking a Pontiac G6 on the 55th Street Bridge.
The investigation continues into the possibility of a medical condition contributing to the accident.
The accident closed the turnpike for several hours.
Attachment: Map of area (Black line indicates correct route. Red line is the route of vehicle.)