The Wellsville community is rallying around the tragic events of Monday night when two Wellsville children were killed in an automobile crash and four others were injured.
The school district put together a Crisis Intervention Team to help the needs of the students and school personnel. The community is rallying with support with monetary donations and prayers for those involved.
A group called “Citizens for the future of Wellsville” issued a statement from their Facebook account:
“There is a memorial fund at Mid America Bank “Bowden Memorial Fund” for any monetary donations to help with expenses. [We] ask that the community comes together for this family and support them in all their current needs. As many of you know our community has tragically lost two siblings from from our school, two more children (sibling and cousin) and the mother of the three and aunt of one is in the hospital.”
Ryan Bradbury, superintendent of Wellsville schools issued the following statement Tuesday on the district website:
“It is with great sadness that we inform you that we lost two members of the Wellsville USD 289 family [Monday] evening. Briana Sobba (6th grade) and Becham Klemen (PreK) were killed in an automobile accident [Monday] night. This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school community. Our district has a Crisis Intervention Team made up of a professionals trained to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel at difficult times such as this. Counselors are available for any student who may need or want help or any type of assistance surrounding this loss. Counselors will be available for all students and their families. We are deeply saddened by the loss to our school community and are committed to helping our students, staff, families, and community work through this tragedy. Please keep the families of these students in your thoughts and prayers as well as the entire Wellsville community as we work through this loss together. If you have questions or would like additional resources, please contact us at (785) 883-2388.”
Mid America Bank is located at 1008 Poplar St. in Wellsville with lobby hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and drive thru hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
The wreck occurred at about 8:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of K-68 and Tennessee Road. The Kansas Highway Patrol and the Franklin County Sheriff’s office worked the wreck.
The KHP crash log reported Clytie Bowden, 31, Wellsville, along with female passengers, ages 6 and 12, were injured and taken to area hospitals. Craig Evans, 40, Ottawa, was also injured and taken to an area hospital.