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Fatality Crash Reported Saturday In Ellsworth County

The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that a fatality accident occurred in Ellsworth County on Saturday afternoon, approximately 4:37 p.m.

According to a report by the KHP, Lance Michael Martin, age 41, of Salina was traveling west on highway K-156 in a 2004 Chevy Impala just west of Avenue D.

Martins’ vehicle crossed the centerline, and collided with a 2012 Peterbilt operated by Kevin Lee Cooper, age 49, of Longview Washington.

Following the collision, Cooper’s Peterbilt crossed back into the westbound lane and collided with a 2007 Peterbilt that was hauling a 2017 Great Dane trailer. This vehicle was driven by Michael John Campbell, age 59, of Tescott.

Michael Martin of Salina was killed in the crash. The KHP reports that he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. Kevin Lee Cooper reported pain, and Michael John Campbell was not injured in the accident.

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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