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Wrong-way driver kills 1 in crash near Louisburg

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MIAMI COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -

A man is dead after a vehicle going the wrong way crashed early Thursday morning near Louisburg, KS.

Investigators said at least one other driver called 911 about 5:30 a.m. to report a driver going in the wrong direction on the highway.

Troopers believe Marilyn Nickell, 45, crossed the median and drove for about a mile and a half before she struck another car on U.S. 69 Highway just south of U.S. 68 Highway, which is just west of Louisburg.

The man in the car she hit, Scott Klein, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was a California resident. Klein was in Kansas related to the family business in construction equipment.

Klein's brother was killed in a crash several years ago while traveling in Texas on family business, a family member said.

In the case of Thursday's crash, investigators are looking into several factors including whether Nickell was impaired by a medical condition or if alcohol or drugs were involved.

Nickell was transported to an area hospital by helicopter. Authorities said she was alert and talking when authorities got her out after being trapped inside the vehicle for more than an hour. Right now she is in stable condition at a hospital.

The Miami County Sheriff's Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol are still investigating the crash but said both people were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the wreck.

Both directions of U.S. 69 were closed during the investigation.

Klein's family now must cope with the devastating loss of a beloved father, grandfather, brother and uncle. 

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