KHP investigating fatal crashes in Franklin County

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

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that three of the victims were killed around 9 a.m. Tuesday about 4 miles north of the Williamsburg exit on Interstate 35 in Franklin County. No other details were immediately released, including the names of the victims.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the fourth victim, 47-year-old John Yaple, was killed about 3 .5 hours earlier when he drove into a tractor-trailer that jackknifed after hitting a deer. This happened on Highway 68, near Ottawa. Yaple was from Harrisonville, Missouri.