DOUGLAS COUNTY, Kan. — Six people have died as the result of a head-on collision near Lawrence, according to a statement from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
The crash happened on Thursday, June 18. Deputies responded at 6:40 p.m. to a two-car crash at mile marker 385 on 40 Highway/S. Lawrence Trafficway, just west of 59 Highway. They found a Ford Fusion and a GMC both on fire.
The Fusion was completely burned. Six people were inside. They all died in the crash.
The GMC was partially burned. A female driver was the only one inside, and she was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
The crash happened on a stretch of two-lane highway with no median. Witnesses reported seeing smoke from as far away as the Walmart on Iowa Street.
The crash has been cleared, but a scorch mark remains on the highway.
The sheriff is asking any driver who witnessed the collision on the highway to contact investigators.