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June 10, 2014

Two Ottawa youths killed in traffic accident on I-70 in Trego County

Two people were killed Monday afternoon when their car crossed the median and struck a semi in Trego County, about a mile east of Ogallah.

Two people were killed Monday afternoon when their car crossed the median and struck a semi in Trego County, about a mile east of Ogallah.

The driver, 17-year-old John Louis Smith, of Ottawa, was traveling east on I-70 at about 2:30 p.m. Monday when he lost control of his 2009 Pontiac. The vehicle entered the westbound lanes and struck the semi, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol crash report.

Smith and Alexis Woolsoncroft, 12, also of Ottawa, were transported to the Hays Medical Center, where they were later pronounced dead. A third 17-year-old passenger was also taken to the hospital for injuries, according to the report.

After striking the semi, the Pontiac hit a third vehicle driven by a 54-year-old Derby man. The man was taken to Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for a possible injury.

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