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Three NCK Teens Injured In I-70 Crash Near Russell

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Three North Central Kansas teenagers were injured on Friday in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate-70 west of Russell.

A 2012 Toyota Prius driven by Nathan Robinson, 18 of Jamestown, was traveling eastbound on I-70 just west of the Russell exit when he lost control, traveled across the median and struck a westbound 2012 Toyota Rav4 SUV driven by 59-year-old Rebecca Bielawski of Denver, Colorado.

The Rav4 came to a rest in the passing lane of westbound I-70 and the Prius rolled into the north ditch just south of the Oil Patch Museum in Russell.

The accident occurred around 1:15 pm Friday.

Robinson was taken to Russell Regional Hospital and then transported to another medical facility Wichita where he continues to recover.

A passenger in Robinson’s vehicle, 18-year old Hayley Bennett of Concordia, was taken to Russell Regional Hospital and then flown to Wichita. Another passenger, 19-year-old Seth Hughes of Clay Center, was transported directly to Hays Medical Center.

All three were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident.

Bielawski was transported to Russell Regional Hospital and then flown by EagleMed to a Wichita hospital. It’s unknown if Bielawski was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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