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An eight-year-old girl has been killed in a three-vehicle wreck caused by icy roads in northeast Kansas amid a record-breakingly freezing Arctic blast.
The Kansas Highway Patrol said the collision occurred 8am Monday on Highway 56 near Overbrooke in Osage County when a maroon Dodge Ram pickup truck driving westbound lost control, crossed the center line and hit a black Ford Edge head-on.
Vehicle - Oldsmobile - Alero - Ford - Passenger
A third vehicle - a red Oldsmobile Alero - rear-ended the Ford and passenger Cassie Ralston was killed.
Terry Ralston, 52, was named as the driver of the Ford. Cassie was wearing a seat belt in the collision and was pronounced dead at a Topeka hospital 9.15am.
People - Hospitals
Three other people were taken to hospitals.
Terry Ralston, of Scranton, was taken to a local hospital with suspected minor injures.
Pickup - Driver - Kristin - Edwards - Passenger
The pickup's driver, Kristin Edwards, 43, and her passenger, Luke Edwards, 14, both of Overbrook, were taken to Stormont Vail hospital but the extent of their injuries were unknown.
The Alero driver, 17-year-old Kaelyn Watkins of Overbrook, had no apparent injuries according to a crash log.
Crash - System - Temperatures - Winds - Kansas
The crash came as a system carrying freezing temperatures and strong winds moved across Kansas. Temperature highs plummeted nearly 50 degrees from Saturday to Monday.
A few thousand customers in Wichita lost power Monday morning during the snowstorm.
KHP - Crashes - Injuries - Monday - Multiple
KHP reported five other crashes involving injuries on Monday, four of which involved multiple cars.
The quick-moving storm system that is expected to affect at least 60 million people across the US.
Midwest - Terrifying - Video - Moment - Airlines
Elsewhere in the Midwest, a terrifying video showed the moment an American Airlines plane skidded off a snowy runway at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
None of the 38 passengers and three crew members aboard the Envoy Air flight from Greensboro, North Carolina, were hurt when the plane slid off the runway at about 7.45am Monday morning.
City - Aviation - Department
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