Marysville Resident Involved In Fatality Accident Near Emporia

The Kansas Highway Patrol reports a double fatality accident occurred Wednesday near U.S. Highway 50 and C road west of Emporia.

According to the highway patrol, the accident occurred approximately 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. Reports indicate that a 2014 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by Travis D. Edwards, 46, of Marysville, was traveling east on U.S. Highway 50 with a 2021 Kenworth tractor-trailer following, driven by Quintia M. Rowe, 32, of Norfolk, VA following.

A 2014 Subaru CrossTrek driven by Timothy M. Hoekstra, 67, of Chino, CA was heading westbound on U.S. Highway 50 with a 2019 Jeep Renegade following, driven by Ryan R. Miller, 29, of Independence, MO. A 2017 Ford Escape driven by Jacob L. Suenram, 32, of Lawrence was following the Jeep.

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Crash logs indicate that Edwards’ tractor-trailer went left-of-center and hit Hoekstra’s CrossTrek, causing it to spin into the eastbound lane where it collided with Rowe’s tractor-trailer. Edwards continued eastbound over the center line and collided with Miller’s Jeep and Suenram’s Escape.

Miller and Suenram were both pronounced dead at the scene by first responders, and both were wearing their seatbelts. A child was also present in Suenrem’s vehicle, but the childs identity and injuries were not released by the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Edwards, Hoekstra and a passenger in Hoekstra’s car, Judith E. Hoekstra, 69, of Chino, CA were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Rowe did not suffer any injuries in the accident.

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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 2020 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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