Fiery crash kills Eureka woman

Separate accidents across the KVOE listening area led to one death and two people being injured Sunday.

The first accident happened about 10 miles west of Eureka shortly after 5 am.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says 21-year-old Zachary Nowell of Madison was driving a pickup eastbound on U.S. Highway 54 when he went left of the center stripe for unknown reasons, hitting an SUV driven by 65-year-old Coleen Buettner of Eureka head-on. Both vehicles caught fire.

Buettner eventually died of her injuries. Nowell was taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He is in critical condition.

Wichita woman treated, released after falling asleep at wheel

Closer to Emporia, a Wichita woman was treated at Newman Regional Health and released after an accident on Interstate 35 on Sunday.

Lyon County Deputy James Baker says 32-year-old Mindy Harris was southbound when she fell asleep at the wheel, waking up when she veered off the road to the right. Harris overcorrected, sending her vehicle into the center median where it rolled several times.

The accident happened shortly after 11:30 am at milepost 136, or about three miles northeast of Emporia's city limits. Harris was wearing her seat belt at the time of the wreck.

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