UPDATE: Three Killed in Crash During Police Pursuit in McPherson County

UPDATE: Three people died in a two vehicle crash during a police pursuit on a McPherson County highway early Wednesday morning.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, officers with the Little River Police Department were pursuing a 2017 Nissan Versa driven by Miguel A. Casas, 29, El Monte, Calif., eastbound on U.S. Highway 56, between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue in western McPherson County, just before 8 a.m.

For unknown reasons, Casas crossed the centerline and struck a 1988 Ford Thunderbird driven by Gerald F. Mindrup, 73, Windom, nearly head-on.

Casas was taken to Wesley Medical Center, where he later died. A passenger in his vehicle, Sara M. Morales, 28, Rosemead, Calif., and Mindrop were both pronounced dead at the scene.

All three were properly restrained at the time of the crash, according to the Highway Patrol.

Authorities say the pursuit began in Rice County, but have not released details on why they were attempting to stop the vehicle.

MCPHERSON COUNTY – U.S. Highway 56 in western McPherson County has been closed between 4th Avenue and Plum Avenue as law enforcement officers investigate a fatal crash.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner, the Critical Highway Accident Response Team (CHART) was called to the scene to assist with investigating the two vehicle head-on collision, which occurred at around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

While few details are currently available, the KHP said that Rice County law enforcement officers had attempted to stop one of the vehicles involved in Rice County just moments before the crash occurred in McPherson County.

There are multiple fatalities, according to Gardner.

The Salina Scoop will have more details as they become available.

Updated: June 6, 2018 — 6:35 pm

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