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Collision Claims Vermillion Woman; Disables Husband Near Halstead

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A fatality accident early Saturday morning near Halstead claimed the life of 73-year-old Darlene Turnbull of Vermillion, and injuring her husband, 77-year-old Max Turnbull Jr.

He was driving and apparently crossed the centerline. An approaching semi served into the opposite lane hoping to avoid collision, but Turnbull corrected lanes as the two then met head on. The accident was reported Saturday at 6:45 a.m. on U.S. Highway 50 in Harvey County, north of Halstead, as the couple was reportedly heading for the state fair in Hutchinson.

Max Turnbull Jr. was transported to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita with disabling injuries. The semi driver from California and his passenger were not injured.

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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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