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Palmer man killed in accident north of Junction City

THE KANSAS HIGHWAY PATROL WORKED A 2 VEHICLE FATALITY ACCIDENT 1 MILE NORTH OF JUNCTION CITY MONDAY MORNING. ONE OF THE VEHICLES INVOLVED WAS CARRYING AN 8 MEMBER CONSTRUCTION CREW THAT WAS ON IT’S WAY TO SENECA TO CONTINUE WORK ON THEIR MAIN STREET RE-CONSTRUCTION PROJECT. KILLED WERE THE DRIVERS OF THE VEHICLES. 39 YEAR OLD LANCY DAVIS II OF PALMER WAS SOUTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 77 IN HIS PICKUP WHEN HE CROSSED THE CENTER LINE AND STRUCK THE VAN CARRYING THE CONSTRUCTION CREW. THE DRIVER OF THE VAN WAS 52 YEAR OLD JUAN PERZ OF WICHITA. THE OTHER 7 CREW MEMBERS HAD TO BE CUT FROM THE WRECKAGE. TWO PASSENGERS WITH SERIOUS INJURIES WERE AIRLIFTED TO TOPEKA, TWO WERE TAKEN TO A MANHATTAN HOSPITAL, AND THREE WERE TAKEN TO THE JUNCTION CITY HOSPITAL. THE ACCIDENT OCCURED SHORTLY AFTER 7:15 A.M. AND KEPT THE HIGHWAY CLOSED UNTIL ALMOST 2 P.M. MONDAY. SENECA CITY ADMINISTRATOR TAMMI HAVERKAMP SAYS THE MAIN STREET PROJECT WILL BE ON HOLD TEMPORARILY WHILE THE COMPANY FOCUSES ON THE NEEDS OF IT’S EMPLOYEES AND FAMILIES.

About Kevin Rippe

Kevin Rippe was born in Marysville and moved to Smith Center at the age of 1, then graduated from Smith Center High School in 1995. He graduated from Cloud County Community College in 1997, and joined the staff of KKAN/KQMA radio in Phillipsburg a year later. Since June of 2011 Kevin has been with us here at Your Country KNDY. You can hear Kevin on daily news reports, as well as calling area high school football and basketball. Kevin lives in Marysville with his wife Melissa, and 4 children Brennen, Jacob, Bailee, and Joshua.