JOHNSON COUNTY — A man and woman from Gardner were killed Saturday night after the motorcycle they were riding struck a deer on Interstate 35 in Johnson County, authorities said.

Another motorcycle rider, who was following the bike that hit the deer, also was injured when his motorcycle struck debris from the deer, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.

The crash was reported at 9:25 p.m. on northbound I-35, just north of 167th Street in Gardner.

According to the patrol, a 2019 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was traveling north on I-35 when a deer ran out in front of it. The motorcycle struck the deer, then hit the guardrail. Both the rider and the passenger were thrown from the motorcycle.

A second motorcycle, a 1989 Harley-Davidson, was behind the bike that hit the deer. The second motorcycle struck debris from the deer that had been hit. The rider of the second motorcycle suffered injuries when he laid his bike down.

The rider of the first motorcycle, Jason M. Huen, 37, of Gardner, was pronounced dead at the scene. The patrol said he was wearing a helmet and eye protection.

A second occupant on the first motorcycle, Julie Marie Huen, 27, of Gardner, also was pronounced dead at the scene. The patrol said she was wearing a helmet and eye protection.

The rider of the second motorcycle, Kevin Anthony Watkins, 22, of Florissant, Mo., was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center with suspected minor injuries. The patrol said Watkins was wearing a helmet and eye protection.