Police identify two girls, ages 1 & 7, killed in crash on I-435 near State Line

By Shayla Patrick
FOX 4 News – Feb. 19, 2018

Two children are dead, and two others are fighting for their life after being involved in a crash on Interstate 435 near State Line Road.

Kansas Highway Patrol troopers said the crash happened after 4 p.m. on Sunday. A tractor-trailer traveling westbound struck the back end of a minivan that had slowed or stopped along I-435.

One adult and four children were inside that minivan at the time of the crash. Two young girls, Teresa Vasquez, 1, and Ruth S. Vasquez, 7, died from their injuries. The other two children, boys ages 9 & 14, were taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital where they are listed in critical condition. These two boys have the same last name as the two little girls who were killed. The driver of the minivan, 37-year-old Angelica Hernandez-Valentin, was taken to Overland Park Regional Hospital and is also listed in critical condition. It is unclear whether anyone in the minivan was properly restrained.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, who is 71 years old, was also transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive. He was wearing a seatbelt.

“The hardest part for a trooper is to work those fatality crashes and to make that death notification to people’s family and when there’s a child involved or even multiple children, it’s even harder,” said Trooper Candice Breshears with the Kansas Highway Patrol.

All westbound lanes of 435 near State Line Road remained closed Sunday evening. They finally reopened just before 5 a.m. Monday.


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