Phillips County Officer Involved In Traffic Collision


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Courtesy of the Phillips County Sheriffs Department

This evening (Wednesday, November 4, 2020) at approximately 5:10 p.m., Deputy John Miner stopped to assist a disabled motorist on Highway 383 near West 800 Road.

While out of his patrol vehicle, a semi truck and trailer ran into the rear of Miner’s patrol vehicle causing it to go into the ditch. The semi then struck the other two vehicles in front of the patrol unit.

Both vehicles in front of the patrol unit caught fire. The semi continued westbound and entered the ditch past the other vehicles and caught fire as well.

Deputy Miner suffered minor burns when he rescued two children from one of the other burning vehicles. He was transported to Phillips County Hospital and is being referred to another facility for treatment of his injuries.

Of the nine victims involved, Deputy Miner is the only one to suffer injuries. There were no fatalities. The accident is being investigated by the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Phillips County EMS, Phillipsburg Rural Fire and Long Island Fire responded to the accident. Kansas Department of Transportation responded and closed Highway 383.

We’re grateful for the quick response of EMS, Fire, KDOT and KHP, and that there was no loss of life.

Highway 383 remains closed.

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Derek Nester
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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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