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The Kansas Turnpike Authority has identified the two people who died Saturday afternoon when a fuel tanker crashed.
The driver has been identified as 57-year-old Kelly Stark of Tulsa. His passenger was 54-year-old Jennie Smith of Wagner, Okla.
The tanker was northbound on the Turnpike when it struck a guardrail near the Belle Plaine Service Center. The big truck skidded into a ditch through a fence, caught fire and exploded a short time later, according to a report filed by the Kansas Turnpike Patrol.