Surveillance video catches head-on collision that killed 3 in McPherson County


The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating after a vehicle that a sheriff’s deputy tried to stop fled and crashed head-on into another car, killing three people.

Trooper Ben Gardner says the crash happened early Wednesday in western McPherson County.

A farmer who lives across the highway caught the deadly crash on surveillance video. KSN isn’t showing the actual crash because it is graphic. 

The driver was speeding and nearly ran a Rice County police officer off the road. The officer pursued the vehicle but lost sight of it because of the speed.

“We learned from Rice County that an eastbound vehicle, prior to this event, was driving erratic, had great concerns. They were attempting to stop this vehicle at some point over in Rice County,” said Trooper Gardner. 

Gardner says the car, a Nissan Versa, eventually collided head-on with a westbound Ford Thunderbird in neighboring McPherson County.

The driver of the Thunderbird, Gerald F. Mindrup, 73, of Windom, died as a result of the crash.

The driver and passenger of the Versa, Miguel A. Casas, 29, and Sara M. Morales, 28, both from California, also died.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said all three were wearing their seatbelts. 

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