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West Franklin student loses control on K-68, sent to ICU after wreck

By The Herald Staff | 12/13/2013

Two people — including a West Franklin student — were transported to a regional hospital after an early morning wreck west of Ottawa, Lt. Curtis Hall with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, said.

A white 2000 Toyota Tacoma, driven by Zachery Tate, 18, was traveling westbound on K-68 at about 7:44 a.m. Friday morning near Delaware and Florida roads between Ottawa and Pomona and was struck by a red Mazda 3 traveling eastbound, Hall said.

Two people — including a West Franklin student — were transported to a regional hospital after an early morning wreck west of Ottawa, Lt. Curtis Hall with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, said.

A white 2000 Toyota Tacoma, driven by Zachery Tate, 18, was traveling westbound on K-68 at about 7:44 a.m. Friday morning near Delaware and Florida roads between Ottawa and Pomona and was struck by a red Mazda 3 traveling eastbound, Hall said.

Witnesses told deputies Tate had lost control of the truck, slid sideways and was struck by the driver of the Mazda, Michael Everheart, 35, Hall said. Both drivers were transported to Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka.

Tate was in the intensive care unit Friday, Stormont-Vail officials said, but no condition was listed for Everheart.

Dotson Bradbury, West Franklin school superintendent, said Tate is a student at West Franklin High School.

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