Two Kansas residents killed in morning crash on I-35 near Tonkawa

January 4, 2022 | Headlines

UPDATE: Second victim identified

PERRY — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has identified the second victim as Xavier M. Mitchell, 22, Salina, Kan.

TONKAWA — Two people from Salina, Kansas were killed in a four vehicle accident on Interstate 35 today.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol report that the accident occurred at 4:35 a.m. in the northbound lanes south of mile marker 214, one mile south of Tonkawa.

Troopers report that Kyra D. Ray, 21, and a 22-year-old male, whose name has been withheld pending notification of family, were killed. The pair were in a 2016 Nissan Sentra.

A second vehicle involved in the crash, a 2021 Chevrolet Silverado, was driven by Dao Marical, 57 of Oklahoma City. He was not injured.

A third vehicle, a 2006 Ford Econoline, was occupied by driver by Gloria A. Gray, 35, Spencer, and her passenger, Tristian Anderson, 34, Edmond. They were not injured.

The fourth vehicle, a 2018 Kenworth Tractor Trailer driven by Jeffrey W. Payne, 55, Oklahoma City. He was not injured.

Troopers report that the Kansas couple were traveling north when for an unknown reason their vehicle departed the roadway to the right and impacted the barrier wall. The Nissan continued to travel and impacted the other vehicles.

Ray was pinned in the vehicle for four and half hours before being freed by the Tonkawa Fire Department utilizing the Hurst tool.

Troopers report that the cause of the accident and the condition of the driver of the Nissan is under investigation. Kay County deputies, Tonkawa police and fire and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation assisted troopers at the scene.

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