2 killed, 2 children injured in head-on crash in Atchison

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ATCHISON, Kan. — An Atchison, Kansas woman and a man died Wednesday when a driver went over the center line and hit them head-on.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Felieca Paxton, 26, was driving a 2002 Toyota Corolla. She was heading northbound on U.S. 73 when a 37-year-old Tonganoxie man, in the southbound lane driving a 2005 Toyota Camry, left his lane and hit Paxton.

A passenger in Paxton’s car, Jovonnie Franklin, 33, was also killed in the crash.

The crash happened on U.S. 73 just before 9:30 Wednesday night, south of Atchison according to KHP.

A 7-year-old boy in Paxton’s car was taken to Amberwell Atchison Hospital with suspected minor injuries, and a 6-year-old boy with suspected serious injuries was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

According to the KHP, the Tonganoxie driver was taken to a local hospital with suspected serious injuries.

KHP states neither the Tonganoxie driver nor Paxton and Franklin were wearing seatbelts. It is unclear if the children were in safety restraints.

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