MCCUNE, Kan. — An accident on U.S. 400 Hwy. at milepost 417.9, several miles east of McCune, on Monday night claimed the life of 33-year-old Dakota L. Jones of Weir, Kansas.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Jones was traveling eastbound on U.S. 400 in the westbound lanes in a 1999 Dodge Dakota Pickup. A Buick Lacrosse 4-door, driven by 36-year-old Kenneth L. Messer of McCune, was traveling westbound in the westbound lanes. The two vehicles then collided head-on as both vehicles came to a rest in the westbound lanes.
Messer was taken to Freeman West in Joplin with suspected serious injuries as he was wearing a seatbelt. The Kansas Highway Patrol noted that it was unknown if Jones was wearing a seatbelt.
Jones did not survive the crash and his next of kin were notified later Monday night.
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