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2 dead in pickup-train collision in NE Kan.

Published on -10/30/2012, 7:54 AM

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HIAWATHA, Kan. (AP) -- Two people have died in a collision with a freight train at a railroad crossing in northeast Kansas.

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant says a pickup truck collided with a Union Pacific train around 10 a.m. Monday north of Hiawatha.

Merchant says the two people in the pickup -- 59-year-old Thurman Turner and 18-year-old Veronica Hogle -- were pronounced dead at the scene. Both were from Hiawatha.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says it's not clear who was driving the pickup.

KNZA-AM reports (http://bit.ly/WWhxcu ) Turner was well known in the Hiawatha area for rallying fellow motorcycle riders to take part in fundraising rides for charity

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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