A car versus semi-truck accident in rural Kansas has claimed the lives of three children from Iowa.

The three children and their father are all from Johnston, Iowa according to WHO. The Kansas Highway Patrol says that David Clements of Johnston was driving on Highway 54 near Bucklin, Kansas with his three children, 12-year-old Juno, 10-year-old Arabella, and 7-year-old Harper. The Kansas State Patrol says that the SUV Clements was driving ended up crossing the centerline of the freeway and colliding with a semi-truck. The accident happened at around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

David Clements was taken to a local hospital for his injuries following the crash. All three of his children were pronounced dead at the scene, according to WHO. All three children were students in the Johnston Community School District. Superintendent Laura Kacer sent out this message to families in the district following the accident.

This is not a message that is easy to send, nor one to read; however, it is important that as members of the school family, we are aware when events occur that will impact our greater school community.  It is moments like these that serve as reminders to never take anyone or anything for granted.  Please know that my thoughts are with you all.

The driver of the semi-truck was not seriously injured.

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