A 16-year-old Pratt High School football player has died after his car crossed the center line and struck a semitrailer in south-central Kansas.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says 16-year-old Drake Evert was killed in the crash at 6:38 a.m. on K-61 near Preston. The Wichita Eagle reports the truck driver, Robert Myerski of Pennsylvania, was taken to Pratt Regional Medical Center but his condition was unavailable.
Pratt football coach Jamie Cruce says Evert was a popular student who was going to be the team’s quarterback this fall.
A portion of the highway was closed for several hours because of the crash, which remains under investigation.