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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Driver killed in accident

  • A Leavenworth woman died today after she became entangled in downed power lines at the scene of a car accident, a police spokesman said.
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  • A Leavenworth woman died today after she became entangled in downed power lines at the scene of a car accident, a police spokesman said.
    The 26-year-old woman was taken to the hospital and later died. Her name has not yet been released.
    Two children who were in the vehicle also were taken to the hospital to be checked out, according to Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens.
    The accident occurred at 11:24 a.m. today at Seventh and Olive streets.
    Witnesses indicated a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu had been traveling north on Seventh Street when it went off the road, striking a utility pole. The crash broke the pole, Kitchens said.
    The driver got out of the vehicle and became entangled in the lines. Witnesses indicated there was arcing electricity and the sound of an explosion.
    Someone who was at the scene removed the lines from the woman before emergency personnel arrived.
    Kitchens said police believe the woman had stepped out of the vehicle in an attempt to get the passengers, a 3-year-old boy and infant girl, out of the car. The children are related to the driver.
    Kitchens said an autopsy has been ordered to determine the official cause of the woman's death.
    The chief said officers have not yet determined what caused the vehicle to veer off the road.

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