Two men die in crossover wreck on K-10 near De Soto - KCTV5

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Two men die in crossover wreck on K-10 near De Soto

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The Kansas Highway Patrol said a 45-year-old Kansas City, MO, man was driving a truck that crossed over the median and hit another driver nearly head on about 1:20 a.m. Thursday. The Kansas Highway Patrol said a 45-year-old Kansas City, MO, man was driving a truck that crossed over the median and hit another driver nearly head on about 1:20 a.m. Thursday.
20-year-old Robert Anthony Zevenbergen of Kansas City, KS, was killed early Thursday morning in a crash on K-10. 20-year-old Robert Anthony Zevenbergen of Kansas City, KS, was killed early Thursday morning in a crash on K-10.
JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -

Two people died in a crossover accident on eastbound K-10 near Kill Creek Road.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said 45-year-old Johnnie Royce Jackson of Kansas City, MO, lost control of his westbound Chevrolet Silverado about 1:20 a.m. Thursday.

He crossed the grassy median and collided head-on with an eastbound Toyota Avalon driven by 20-year-old Robert Anthony Zevenbergen of Kansas City, KS.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers said Jackson was ejected from his vehicle, while Zevenbergen was wearing a seatbelt and had to be cut out.

Both lanes of the highway near the scene of the crash were temporarily closed but reopened about 6:30 a.m. Troopers are still investigating.

This stretch of K-10 near De Soto does not have cable barriers.

"Some accidents are unsurvivable because there is just so much force involved. That would be this type of an accident. You have two vehicles at 70+ mph striking each other. It is just a tremendous amount of force," said trooper Howard Dickinson, a highway patrol spokesman.

Dickinson said cables would have helped, but authorities don't see a lot of accidents in that particular stretch of highway.

"Near K-7, near I-435 ... we see a lot of them, because we have so many more interchanges. Here, we don't have nearly as much," he said.

Crossover crashes are an ongoing problem. A deadly crossover crash in April 2011 led to cables being installed on a different stretch of K-10.

One of those killed was 5-year-old Cainan Shutt. His family and the mayor of Eudora pushed the state government to install cables on K-10.

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