WICHITA — Authorities say strong winds caused about 140 rail cars from two trains to derail over the weekend in central Kansas.
The Wichita Eagle reports that the derailments happened late Saturday near Walton. The National Weather Service says the rail cars were all empty and many were double stacked. No injuries were reported.
Wind gusts at a nearby airport in Newton measured as high as high 67 mph around the time of the derailment.
2 killed, 2 hurt after truck overturns
NEWMAN — Authorities say two people have been killed and two injured in a northeast Kansas crash.
The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that the crash happened Saturday night in Jefferson County when a driver lost control on a curve and went off the side of Kansas 237. The pickup truck then overturned several times.
The patrol says the crash killed two passengers — 46-year-old Christopher Webb of Topeka, and 21-year-old Luke Puccinelli of Oskaloosa.
Inmates’ families worry about move
TOPEKA — The families of several hundred Kansas inmates who are being sent to a private prison in Arizona worry about how often they’ll be able to see their loved ones after the move.
Leoti Masterson says she treasures her weekly visits with her son even though she has to drive about two hours each way every time. Masterson says it’s hard to imagine being able to visit the CoreCivic prison in Arizona as often.
Masterson says she wants to be part of her son’s rehab as he serves his sentence for sexual exploitation of a child.
Prison officials haven’t yet said which inmates will be transferred but 360 are expected to move over the next four months.
Phone blamed in deadly crash
HOISINGTON — Authorities say a Kansas driver who was distracted by her phone caused a crash that killed a California woman.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says 78-year-old Ida John, of Lincoln, Calif., was killed Friday in the crash on U.S. 281 near Hoisington.
The patrol says she was a passenger in a car whose driver was waiting to turn left into a private driveway when the distracted driver smashed a pickup truck into the stopped vehicle.
The truck ended up in a front yard and the car in a wheat field.
The patrol says the car’s driver also was hurt, but the truck’s 25-year-old driver had no apparent injury.