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Ellis County Man Killed, Russell Man Injured in Two Vehicle Crash

Fatal CrashA 73-year-old rural Ellis County man, Lavern J. Braun, was killed in a two vehicle crash Thursday afternoon at approximately 4 PM in the 2600 Block of Grants Villa Road in Ellis County.

According to the Ellis County Sheriff's Office, a 1989 Ford F-350 pickup, driven by 50-year-old Kirk F. Denning of Russell, was eastbound on Grants Villa Road when a 1998 Chevy S-10 pickup, driven by Braun, was westbound on the same road.

As the vehicles approached the crest of a hill, both were driving near the middle of the road before the crash.

As Braun moved closer to the right side of the road, Denning attempted to stop, locked up the wheels on his vehicle, slid into the path of the other vehicle and was struck on the passenger side.

Denning had a passenger, 25-year-old Joseph D. Berens, also of Russell. Berens was transported to Hays Medical Center by Ellis County EMS.

Denning refused treatment. Braun was pronounced dead at the scene.

None of the persons involved were buckled up.

The crash is being investigated by the Ellis County Sheriff's Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

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