A Kansas City couple died after their car collided with a tractor-trailer near Grandview on Thursday.  The accident, during morning rush hour, closed part of Highway 71 near Interstate 49.  The Highway Patrol identified the victims as John Miller, 68, and his wife, Barbara, 64.  They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said John Miller was entering the highway when he struck a southbound tractor-trailer, spun beneath it, and then hit a guard rail.  The crash happened around 7:10 a.m.

Investigators said the Millers were not wearing their seat belts.