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3 killed in crashes on icy roads in Kansas City area Tuesday

Posted at 12:40 PM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 13:48:01-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Icy roads caused at least two deadly crashes in the Kansas City area on Tuesday, officials said.

Around 6:30 p.m., the driver of a 2006 Pontiac lost control on Interstate 70 westbound near Odessa in Lafayette County and drove into the path of a 2019 Freightliner tractor-trailer, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The crash killed 21-year-old Kaleb Huddlestun, of Effingham, Illinois, and 19-year-old Wendy Rios, of Altamont, Illinois. Both were wearing seat belts, the Highway Patrol said. The driver of the Pontiac and another passenger in the car had minor injuries.

In Miami County, Kansas, a 64-year-old Mound City man died in a crash shortly before 11 p.m. on U.S. 169 southbound near 355th Street.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said Dennis Gentry was driving “too fast for road conditions” and lost control of his 2002 Chevrolet Silverado while crossing a bridge. The vehicle struck the bridge and then slid sideways across two lanes before overturning and landing against a tree.