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Student driver and instructor killed in Whitehouse crash

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Two people, including a student driver were killed in a two-car crash in Waterville Township. State troopers say the student driver was at fault.

The accident happened just after 2:30 p.m. on Monday near the corner of Heller and Neapolis-Waterville Road. Troopers say 16-year old student driver Joseph  A. Franks of Swanton,  ran a stop sign and was hit by an oncoming car driven by Kathleen Woods of Swanton.

Both the Franks and his instructor, 48-year-old Thomas P. Smith of Whitehouse were killed.

Troopers called the entire incident a tragedy.

"It is very difficult, it is tough for the officers at hand, it's tough for the fire and EMS personal on scene," said Lt. William Bower with the Ohio State Highway Patrol Toledo post.  "Anytime you're dealing with a young person, it's very difficult."

Woods was taken to St. Luke's Hospital but was treated and released. All parties involved were wearing seatbelts, but troopers were not sure how fast the cars were going.  The investigation is ongoing.
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