2 dead, 5 hurt in crashes along slippery stretch of Miami County highway

MIAMI COUNTY, Kansas - Two separate crashes in Miami County, which occurred within minutes of each other, left two people dead and five hurt.

The accidents occurred on U.S. highway 169, near Stanton Road, in southern Miami County late Thursday afternoon.

At approximately 5:36 p.m., a 911 call sent Miami County Sheriff's deputies to the area of the accidents.

An initial investigation showed that a 2005 Cadillac passenger car was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 169 when it slid on the icy roadway, down an east embankment and into a pond.

The female passenger, a Greenley, Kan. resident, was able to break open the vehicles sunroof and swim to the bank.

The 53-year-old driver, Mary Crawford of Garnett, Kan. was trapped inside vehicle. She died at the scene.

According to reports at the scene, the passenger said while she swimming to the bank, she heard the second accident occur.

According to accident investigators, a 2006 Chevrolet Impala was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 169 when it crossed the center line and struck a 2000 Buick LeSabre head-on.

The driver of the Impala, an Anderson County, Kan. woman, had three passengers in her vehicle including; her adult daughter, 8-year-old granddaughter and 1-year-old grandson.

The 1-year-old passenger was reportedly ejected from the vehicle.

All the passengers, including the driver, were transported to a Kansas City hospital.

The 66-year-old driver of the LeSabre, Mary Stussey of Wisconsin, died at the scene.

The passenger in the vehicle was Sussey's sister from Illinois. She was also transported to a Kansas City hospital.

As the investigation continued into the early Friday morning, a five-mile section of the highway remained shut down.

The Johnson County and Franklin County Sheriff's offices, the Overland Park Police Department, Miami County EMS and the Osawatomie Fire Department are all investigating the accidents.

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