A Wichita woman and an Arkansas man were killed and two others were injured in a collision on I-135 in Newton early Saturday, authorities said.
The collision occurred just before 1:30 a.m. at the First Street exit on I-135 in Newton, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Devaun Hudson, 21, of Wichita was driving south on I-135 when her Kia Rio crossed the median for unknown reasons and struck a northbound GMC Yukon. The Kia then hit a concrete barrier and burst into flames, the highway patrol reported.
Hudson and a passenger, 27-year-old Joshua Hollinger of Beebe, Ark., were both killed. Neither of them were wearing their seatbelts, according to the highway patrol report.
Both people in the Yukon — 54-year-old Yvonne Rippee and 51-year-old Robert Kitchens of Collierville, Tenn. — were taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis for treatment. Rippee was out of the hospital by late this morning, a St. Francis supervisor said, while Kitchens was in serious condition.
Rippee was using her safety restraint, while Kitchens was not, according to the highway patrol.