Two people are dead following an accident in Harper County Friday according to Harper County Emergency Dispatch.
It happened just before 5 p.m. near the intersection of northeast 10th and 80th just south of Harper.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 17-year-old Ayron Maurer of Harper, was driving his pickup east, when he entered the intersection and collided with a northbound pickup. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported once the cars hit each other, they continued to the northeast corner of the intersection and hit a gas line and a phone poll. Small pieces of glass and metal from the cars were still present at the crash site Saturday.
Maurer died at the scene. A passenger, 18-year-old Samuel Cook, of Anthony, also died at the scene. A third passenger, 14-year-old Colin Nygarrd, of Anthony, was taken to a Wichita hospital. Nygarrd is in serious conditon. Friends of the boys said Maurer was a great baseball player and although he was new to the city, he became known pretty quickly. Cook was a singer, according to friends. They said he was a very talented musician and wanted to pursue it in his future.
The driver of the northbound pickup, 15-year-old Joshua Campbell, of Harper, was taken to a Wichita hospital with critical injuries. He is still in critical condition at last check. A passenger, 15-year-old John Eshelman, of Harper, is also being treated in Wichita for serious injuries.
People in Harper had only great things to say about all five boys that attend Chaparral High School together. Two were set to graduate next year.
"They were just great kids you know," said classmate Alphonse Guerrero. "Since we're a small town, we all knew them."
The crash remains under investigation. Lieutenant Bryan Quick of the Kansas Highway Patrol said there are still several questions.
"Visibility shouldn't have been an issue," Quick said. He said because of the level of impact, speed was probably an issue.
Quick said legally, if an intersection like 80th and 10th doesn't have a stop sign or a stoplight, the car on the left should yield to the car on the right. The Highway Patrol is looking into why that didn't happen.
Also, Quick said the 15-year-old driver had a farmer's permit meaning he is allowed to drive without a parent or guardian under certain circumstances. But Quick said he shouldn't have been driving with a minor in the car with him. He said Kansas Highway Patrol is looking more into the circumstances of that question too.