Train Strikes Truck In Pottawatomie County


On October 13, 2021 at approximately 9:14 p.m., the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from Union Pacific Railroad of a train hitting a truck on the crossing near Crystal Springs Road and Barnyard Road, Emmett, Pottawatomie County, Kansas.

First responders arrived on scene and located a Chevy truck and the driver who was the sole occupant of the truck. The driver was identified as Simon Serafin, 20, of Emmett and he reported no injuries.

Union Pacific Railroad, the St. Mary’s Police Department, Pottawatomie County EMS, and the Emmett Fire Department assisted with the incident. The accident is still under investigation and anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office at 785-457-3353 or leave a tip via our Crimestoppers link at

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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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