KHP: One killed in I-35 head-on collision involving wrong-way driver

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A fatal crash closed the northbound lanes on Interstate 35 between Mission Road and 7th Street Trafficway on Friday night at about 8:30.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said the preliminary investigation shows that a driver of a Toyota Highlander traveling south in the northbound lanes struck a Nissan Leaf head-on.

Police identified the driver of the Nissan as Robert Joseph Rowland III, 54, of Shawnee, Kan. Rowland was killed in the crash.

The Toyota driver was identified as Samantha L. Geier, 32, of Overland Park, Kan. Geier was hospitalized with injuries, though the extent wasn't revealed in a news release.