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Triple fatal Kansas crash leaves 2-month-old baby girl without mom and dad, friends say

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Trooper Ben Gardner with the Kansas Highway Patrol talks about a "devastating" fatal wreck on an icy Interstate 70 in Geary County on Tuesday. Ashlen Lemon, 19, of Hays, died in the crash. (Jan. 22, 2019)
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Trooper Ben Gardner with the Kansas Highway Patrol talks about a "devastating" fatal wreck on an icy Interstate 70 in Geary County on Tuesday. Ashlen Lemon, 19, of Hays, died in the crash. (Jan. 22, 2019)

Update, 6 p.m. Friday:

Family friends say that a 2-month-old Alabama baby girl has lost her mother, father and a grandfather after they were killed in a triple fatal crash on an interstate in Kansas.

The deaths of Halie Davis, 23, and Joey Tidwell, 21, have orphaned their 8-week-old daughter, Haisley, according to two GoFundMe accounts set up by family friends. Tidwell and Davis were boyfriend and girlfriend, according to the fundraisers.

“Thank God the baby was not in the car, but she will never know her parents,” states the GoFundMe for Davis.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said the couple were passengers in a Chevy Camaro that crashed on I-70 near Manhattan early Wednesday morning. The car vaulted over a guard rail at an interstate overpass bridge and landed on the highway below. The driver and two passengers died at the scene.

Troopers told family members that the car’s driver, Leroy Myers, fell asleep at the wheel, reported ABC affiliate WAAY-TV in Huntsville, Alabama.

The online fundraiser for Davis indicates that Myers was one of her baby’s grandfathers. Donated money will go to the child’s maternal grandfather to bring the bodies back to Alabama and to pay for funerals. The GoFundMe for Tidwell is also for funeral costs.

Original story:

Three people from Alabama were killed when their car vaulted over a guard rail at an I-70 overpass bridge and landed on the highway below, Kansas troopers said.

Emergency crews were called at around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday to the interstate’s intersection with K-177 at Exit 313 in Geary County, about nine miles south of Manhattan. A Kansas Highway Patrol crash report states that a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro was traveling westbound on I-70 when it “entered median, struck guard rail and vaulted over K-177 highway coming to rest on the west side of K-177.”

The interstate crosses the highway with separate overpass bridges, leaving an open-air space between the eastbound and westbound lanes over the north-south highway, Google Maps shows.

The driver and two passengers in the Camaro were pronounced dead at the scene, troopers wrote in the crash report. The driver was identified as Leroy Allen Myers, 58, of Arab, Alabama. The passengers were Joey Brannon Tidwell, 21, of Albertville, Alabama, and Halie Marie Davis, 23, of Madison, Alabama.

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