Texas woman, 2 children die in interstate crash

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WILLIAMSBURG, Kan. (AP) Authorities say four people died in two separate crashes in the same northeast Kansas county.

A Texas woman and her two children died at around 9 a.m. Tuesday about 4 miles north of the Williamsburg exit on Interstate 35 in Franklin County, Kan.

The Franklin County Sheriff's office said a vehicle driven by Brieyori McGowan, 25, went off the interstate, over-corrected, crossed a median and hit a vehicle in the opposite lane.

McGowan and her children, 7-year-old Kamarria Williams and 6-year-old Nahajza Jackson, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says 47-year-old John Yaple, of Harrisonville, Mo. died about 3 ½ hours earlier on Kansas 68 about 7 miles east of Ottawa when his vehicle hit a tractor-trailer that jackknifed after hitting a deer.