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Accident Takes The Lives Of Blue Rapids & Clay Center Residents

A fatality accident early Friday morning shortly after 7 a.m. in Jefferson County, Kansas near Grantville claimed the life of two people including a Blue Rapids woman, Carla Rene Polson, age 65, and a Clay Center man, Gerald A. Baxter, age 66.

Baxter was the driver, with five other occupants in a van, which lost control, and overturned at the intersection of U.S. Highway 24 and Barton Road. Another vehicle had failed to yield, forcing the collision.

Four of the occupants of the van were Ruth M. Baxter, age 64, Robert Stewart, age 61, and Barbara Jean Stewart, age 61, all of Clay Center, and Martha M. Hanson, age 69, of Riley. One person was taken by helicopter, and three others transferred by ambulance with injuries sustained.

The driver and two children, ages 9 and 10, in the other vehicle, residents of Grantville, were not injured. The fatalities, including Carla Rene Polson of Blue Rapids and Gerald Baxter of Clay Center, and the injured parties were traveling to the Lansing prison Saturday morning to minister inmates.

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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