OTTAWA — Two Rantoul residents were killed and a Paola woman was injured in a wreck on Kansas Highway 68 eight miles east of Ottawa in Franklin County.
The two-vehicle accident occurred at 7:13 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report.
James Tracy, 67, of Rantoul was driving a 1998 Volkswagon Passat east on Highway 68 at mile marker 37.2 when he lost control of the vehicle for an unknown reason and it hit a steel guard rail. The vehicle then veered into the westbound lane, where it was hit on the passenger side by a 2018 Ford Explorer driven by Erica Drinkard, 40, of Paola, who was traveling west, according to the report.
Both Tracy and his passenger, 14-year-old Harry Mock of Rantoul, were pronounced dead at the scene. They were wearing seat belts.
Drinkard suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital. She also was wearing a seat belt.
Harry Mock was an eighth-grader at Paola Middle School.
Paola Superintendent Matt Meek said counselors and extra support staff were at the school Wednesday to talk with students about the loss.