2 cyclists struck and killed in southeast Kansas

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GALENA, Kan. (AP) – Authorities say two bicyclists from Germany were struck and killed in southeast Kansas.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says a minivan traveling in the same direction struck the two cyclists from behind Tuesday morning. It happened on Kansas 66, about 1½ miles (2.5 kilometers) west of the town of Galena, just north of the Oklahoma state line.

The two male cyclists died at the scene.

Spokesman Rick Wingate says the identities of the two cyclists could not be released yet because relatives in Germany must be notified. He says the German consulate has been notified.

The bicyclists have been identified as 71-year-old Heinz Gerd Buchel and 74-year-old Harry Jung.

The patrol’s report says the crash was not a hit-and-run. Wingate says he wasn’t aware why the two were in Kansas.

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