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Salina Soldier Killed at Weapons Range

KSAL StaffJune 9, 2021

One Kansas National Guardsman was killed, two were injured after all three were ejected from their military Humvee at the Smoky Hill Weapons Range.

Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan tells KSAL News that around 2pm Tuesday, three members of the Kansas National Guard were on their way to meet another group of soldiers when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it rolled.

The three men were ejected and seriously injured.

Sheriff Soldan reports that 30-year-old Wesley Kubie of Salina was airlifted for emergency treatment, but died enroute to a Wichita hospital.

Deputies say the driver, Jaden Johnson, 23 of Salina and a second passenger, 28-year-old Cole Frederick of Topeka were transported to Salina Regional Health Center with multiple injuries.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly released the following statement:

“My thoughts are with the Kansas National Guard and 184th Wing after yesterday’s military vehicle accident near Salina. I am hoping the two injured Airmen a speedy recovery, and share my condolences with the family, loved ones, and fellow Guardsmen of the service member who tragically lost his life. His commitment to our state will not be forgotten.”

The Smoky Hill Weapons Range is located 10-miles west of Salina and encompasses 51-square miles of training space.

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