UPDATE: 2 Carle employees among those killed in I-70 accident

UPDATE: 2 Carle employees among those killed in I-70 accident

BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. — An Urbana woman was killed Tuesday afternoon in fiery, six-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 near Kansas City, Kan.

Teresa J. Butler, 61, of Urbana, has been identified by the Kansas Turnpike Authority as one of five people killed in the accident.

Ms. Butler was driving a 2015 GMC Terrain, and was carrying a 63-year-old female passenger in her vehicle. That woman, identified as Karen Lynn Kennedy of New Palestine, Ind., also died in the crash, according to a KTA report.

Ms. Butler was employed by the Carle health system for 39 years, and worked for the business office of Carle’s emergency department, according to the Kansas City Star. Her brother, Damian Butler, told that newspaper she on her way to the Colorado mountains, likely headed toward Estes Park, Colo.

Ms. Kennedy was also a Carle employee.

The accident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday on westbound I-70.

According to the KTA crash report, two vehicles, one of them a USXpress commercial vehicle, were stopped in the outside westbound lane with construction ahead.  Three other vehicles in the crash were slowing and preparing to stop in that lane.

The driver of an Indian Creek Express commercial vehicle, also traveling west in the outside lane, crested a slight hill, and for an unknown reason perceived the other traffic late, the report said.

The first area of impact was in the outside lane and involved the Indian Creek Express vehicle hitting Ms. Butler’s vehicle. Upon impact, the GMC Terraine was forced toward the inside wall and rotated counterclockwise, the KTA said.

The three others who died in the accident, two drivers and one passenger in one of the vehicles, were all from Topeka, Kan.

A fire ignited between three of the six vehicles in the crash, according to the KTA report.


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