Thursday, October 23, 2014

Siblings killed in I-70 wreck

By The Herald Staff | 6/12/2014

WAKEENY —Two Ottawa siblings were killed Monday afternoon in a three-vehicle wreck on I-70 in western Kansas.

John “Bubba” Louis Smith, 17, Ottawa, and his sister, Alexis Jo “A.J.” Woolsoncroft, 12, Baldwin City and Ottawa, were pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

WAKEENY —Two Ottawa siblings were killed Monday afternoon in a three-vehicle wreck on I-70 in western Kansas.

John “Bubba” Louis Smith, 17, Ottawa, and his sister, Alexis Jo “A.J.” Woolsoncroft, 12, Baldwin City and Ottawa, were pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Smith was a junior at Ottawa High School and loved outdoor activities including hunting and working on cars, according to information provided by the family. Woolsoncroft was a sixth grade student at Baldwin Junior High School and was active in her youth group at Westminister Presbyterian Church, 401 W. 13th St., Ottawa, the family said in her obituary.

A 2009 Pontiac driven by Smith was traveling eastbound about 3:30 p.m. on I-70 one mile east of the Ogallah, Kansas, exit when Smith lost control of the vehicle and it crossed the median, entering the westbound lanes where it first struck a 2007 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by Dennis Bowers, 49, Cardington, Ohio, and then struck a 2014 Nissan driven by Kevin Werner, 54, Derby, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report.

Another passenger in the Pontiac, Alejandra Gutierrez-Pino, 17, Ottawa, Smith’s girlfriend, was transported to Hays Medical Center to be treated for undisclosed injuries, the report said. An update on her condition was not available Wednesday evening.

Bowers and Werner also were injured and were transported to Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital in WaKeeney. Bowers later was transferred to Hays Medical Center, the report said.

All of the occupants of the three vehicles were wearing seat belts, the report said.

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