BEATRICE – A New Year’s Eve accident in northern Kansas has killed a Courtland, Kansas woman. 

The Kansas Highway Patrol reports the accident happened at around 9:25 p.m. on December 31st, on U.S. Highway 36…near Courtland around road 40.  

A 2005 Chevrolet Impala driven by 60-year-old Kimberely Peterson, of Courtland, Kansas was westbound on U.S. 36 when it traveled off the north side of the highway and struck a creek embankment. 

Peterson died at the scene.   The KHP says it was not certain why the vehicle went off the highway.