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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.

Editor and Publisher Brian McCauley can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or brian.mccauley@miconews.com.

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