BELLEVILLE, Kan. — Authorities say four children died in a Thanksgiving Day crash on a snowy gravel road in northern Kansas, just south of the Nebraska state line.

Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner said in a tweet that the crash happened about 11:30 a.m. in Republic County.

Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. Adam Winters said the driver of a Toyota 4Runner lost control of the vehicle and went off the west edge of the road. Winters said it then rolled and came to a stop on its top in a pond.

Gardner initially tweeted that the children were 8 and younger, but said it now appears two of them may be older. Their names weren’t immediately released.

The patrol says the mother of the children was taken to a hospital, and an adult male in the vehicle is being interviewed. The man wasn’t seriously injured, and his relationship to the family wasn’t immediately known. None of the victims are believed to be from Kansas.

The investigation is ongoing.

World-Herald staff writer Rick Ruggles contributed to this report.

rick.ruggles@owh.com, 402-444-1123

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