Posted: January 31, 2012 - 1:46am
Updated: February 2, 2012 - 1:02pm
The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating after an early morning accident claimed the lives of two people in southern Johnson County.
Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies and Johnson County Fire District No. 1 were called to respond on an injury accident on southbound Interstate 35 between Moonlight road and Gardner road in Gardner. The incident was dispatched just after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Sheriff's Deputies requested that the Kansas Highway Patrol's Accident Team respond to investigate the accident.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says that at 1:33 a.m., Tuesday, a 1993 Toyota Corolla, traveling southbound, left the highway for an unknown reason. The Corolla then came back onto the highway, began to roll ejecting both occupants onto the highway. A 2006 Dodge Caravan, also traveling southbound, then struck the Corolla before striking the ejected driver who was laying on the highway.
Investigators have released that the Toyota Corolla was being driven by 32-year-old, Jason R. Mees of Hiawatha, Kansas. His passenger was identified as 32-year-old, Jennifer D. Curbow of Edgerton, Kansas.
Both Mees and Curbow were pronounced dead at the scene. No one in the Corolla was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
No one in the mini-van was injured.
Southbound lanes of Interstate 35 were reopened at 5:51 a.m.. They had been closed since the accident occurred, just over five hours earlier.
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