Two pedestrians in Kansas were struck and killed by a Riley County snowplow early Friday (January 24) morning. The accident occurred near the Kansas State University campus just after 5 a.m. local time. Authorities have not released the identities of the victims but said that they were in their mid-20s and lived in the area.
Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner responded to the scene and said the driver is fully cooperating with the investigation. The driver told investigators that he had just finished clearing snow from one section of the road and was on the way to his next destination when he saw two people trying to run across the highway.
He attempted to avoid the pair but was unable to stop in time and ran them over. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was not actively plowing the road at the time of the accident.
“The accident is a tremendous tragedy for all those personally involved and our community as a whole,” Marvin Rodriguez, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners said. “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all involved in the accident.”
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