Kansas interstates deadly for two who exited vehicles after deer collisions.

Kansas interstates turned deadly for two people who had exited vehicles after collisions with deer in two separate accidents Sunday night.

About 7 p.m. Sunday in southeast Osage County, Travis M. Sanders, 23, Lawrence, was killed after the vehicle he was driving struck a deer near milepost 163 on Interstate 35.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that Sanders had been northbound in a 1995 Toyota, when he struck the deer. The vehicle was disabled and ended up partially in the left lane and partially in the median.

Sanders exited the vehicle and was in the median when another northbound vehicle moved into the right lane to avoid the Toyota. A third vehicle, a 2006 Jeep SUV, was driven by Clayton Richardson, 21, Leawood, who attempted to avoid hitting the Toyota by entering the median, where Sanders was struck by the Jeep.

Sanders died at the scene; Richardson and a passenger were uninjured in the accident.

Another similar accident occurred on Interstate 70 in Geary County at about 8:47 p.m. Sunday.

In that accident, at 8:45 p.m. Sunday, a 2010 Hyundai Elantra driven by Catherine J. Wood, 43, Manhattan, had become disabled in the westbound lane about 8 miles south of Manhattan after striking a deer. Wood and a passenger, Dale Colleen Williams, 35, Manhattan, exited the vehicle.

A few minutes later, a second westbound vehicle, a 1998 Ford Taurus driven by Randy L. Jost, 57, Ottawa, struck Wood’s parked vehicle, which then struck Williams who was outside of the vehicle.

Williams was transported to Manhattan Mercy Hospital, where she later died. Wood and Jost were also transported to the hospital, and were listed as injured on the KHP report.

The KHP also reported an area accident that injured a Reading woman and a young child at about 11:34 a.m. Friday.

In that accident, Samantha K. Little, 22, of Reading, was driving 1993 Ford F-150 eastbound on U.S. 56 about six miles west of Osage City, when the vehicle left the right side of the roadway. The report said the driver then lost control and the vehicle rolled into the south ditch.

Little and her passenger, Cain Jayden Wayne Little, 2, were both listed as disabled by KHP. Little was transported to Newman Regional Health, Emporia, and the 2-year-old was transported to Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

The report said neither was wearing safety restraints.

Revised 3:11 p.m. Oct. 28, 2013, to correct the name of the driver of the disabled vehicle and circumstances of the Geary County accident.

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