Sep 16, 2021 5:51 PM

2 Kansas women dead after van, Suburban collide

Posted Sep 16, 2021 5:51 PM

PAWNEE COUNTY — Two people died in an accident just after 6:30 a.m. Thursday in Pawnee County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2003 Chevy Suburban driven by Sarah Jean Kemp, 28, Nekoma, was eastbound on Kansas 156 four miles west of Larned.

The Suburban traveled onto the south shoulder and partly into the south ditch. The driver lost control of the vehicle as it traveled out of the ditch, crossed the center line of the highway and into the westbound lane.

A westbound 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by  Melissa Denise Higginbotham, 60, Larned, struck the passenger side of the Suburban.  

Kemp and Higginbotham were pronounced dead at the scene and were transported to Beckwith Morturary. Both drivers were properly restrained at the time of the accident, according to the KHP.