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Kansas Parks Officer Is Second Death At Country Stampede
06/26/2010

A Kansas parks officer was the second person to die at the 15th Annual Country Stampede. Luke D. Nihart, 32, of St. George, was killed early Saturday morning after an ATV crash. Nihart was a Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks officer.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. KHP reports Nihart entered the Wildlife and Parks parking lot on River Pond Road at Tuttle Creek State Park around 3:20 Saturday morning at a high rate of speed. Nihart then lost control of the Yamaha Grizzly 660 ATV and crashed.

An ambulance rushed Nihart to Mercy Hospital in Manhattan

This is the second death at this year's Country Stampede. Jacob Kreutzer, 19, died from an unexplained internal injury overnight Thursday at the concert series. Authorities are still investigating the incident, anyone with information on the circumstances of Kreutzer's death should call the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office at 785-457-3353.

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