PARSONS, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Highway Patrol says two people have died in a head-on crash involving a semitrailer in southeastern Kansas.

Television station KAKE reports the crash happened around 4:30 p.m. Friday when a westbound pickup truck crossed the center line of a rural highway just west of Parsons and hit a semitrailer head-on. The crash resulted in the vehicles erupting in flames.

The patrol says the crash killed 39-year-old pickup driver Steven Bradford, of Jetmore, and the semi driver, 53-year-old Harry Pierce, of Torrington, Wyoming.

The fiery crash shut down the highway until early Saturday morning. Authorities continue to investigate.

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