Update to Highway 69 Fatal Accident

The second driver of a head-on collision on Highway 69 in Cherokee County has died. The accident happened just after 9:30 p.m. Friday night. Officials say a 2002 Honda Accord driven by 21 year-old Justin Ramirez, of Parsons, was northbound on U.S. Highway 69, approximately 4 miles north of the Crestline Junction; US 69, US 160, County Road 96, when his vehicle crossed the center-line and struck a southbound 2008 Chevy Impala, driven by 59 year-old Kenneth Orender of Pittsburg. Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene. Orender was air-lifted to Freeman Hospital in Joplin, but later died. There were no other passengers in either vehicle. News Talk KZRG will bring you more information as it becomes available.