Third child dies after crash on Kansas highway

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OTTAWA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A 12-year-old girl is the third child to die following a crash in Franklin County earlier this week.

The Kansas Highway Patrol's online crash log states Elle Bowden died early Friday morning. The crash happened at around 8:30 p.m. Monday at K-68 and Tennessee Road, east of Ottawa.

Clytie Bowden, 31, failed to yield to another vehicle and they collided in the intersection, the patrol says. The children who died and a 6-year-old girl were in her vehicle. Bowden and the 6-year-old were hospitalized in critical condition. 

The 40-year-old driver of the other vehicle was also hospitalized. 


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Authorities say two children have been killed and three other people suffered critical injuries in a crash on a Kansas highway.

It happened just after 8:30 p.m. Monday at K-68 and Tennessee Road in Franklin County. That's east of Ottawa. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the driver of a Ford Focus was heading south on Tennessee Road, failed to yield to a Subaru Baja and was struck in the intersection. 

An 11-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy in the Focus died at the scene. The patrol identified them as Briana Sobba and Becham Klemen, both of Wellsville.  

The driver of the Focus, 31-year-old Clytie Bowden, and two girls, ages 12 and 6, were taken to Kansas City hospitals in critical condition. They are also from Wellsville.

The man driving the Subaru, 40-year-old Craig Evans, of Ottawa, was taken to a hospital in Overland Park for treatment.

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