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Ruth Vasquez, 7, and Teresa Vasquez, 1, killed and four people injured in collision on Interstate 435 in Leawood, Kansas
The Kansas Highway Patrol says the crash happened Sunday when a minivan came to a stop for an unknown reason on Interstate 435 in Leawood, Kansas. A tractor-trailer then struck the van, killing 7-year-old Ruth Vasquez and 1-year-old Teresa Vasquez.
The Vazquez family was on the way home from a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese's in Overland Park, and in just one split-second the family has been changed forever.
“KDOT legal action to recover highway damages after accidents is routine, but in this case KDOT will not be seeking damages from the family and will remove them from the case,” the department said.