Two killed in head-on crash near Nortonville

Four children injured

NORTONVILLE, Kansas - Two people died Friday night in a head-on collision near Nortonville.

The Kansas Highway Patrol identified those killed as 19-year-old Denver J. Barr, of Savannah, Missouri, and 72-year-old Elizabeth Bertels, of Nortonville.

Investigators say a Jeep driven by Barr was northbound on U.S. 59, crossed over the center line, and struck an on-coming car driven by Bertels. Four children in Bertels’ vehicle were injured, and were rushed to hospitals in Atchison, St. Joseph, and Kansas City. Their conditions are not yet available.

The crash happened about 7 o’clock Friday night  three miles northeast of Nortonville, in Atchison County.  Investigators say Barr's vehicle crossed over the center line; he then overcorrected and crashed into the on-coming car driven by Bertels.


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