A mounting death toll this week has shaken Nebraska safety officials and law enforcement.
Eleven people have been killed in six separate wrecks on Wednesday and Thursday. The latest, a 10-year-old Iowa boy, put on life support after a crash in northeastern Nebraska during the early morning hours of Thursday has died. The crash killed his grandmother and sister.
The crashes occurred in Adams, Dakota, Kearney, Lincoln, Merrick, and Platte Counties.
Six of the 10 were not wearing seat belts. It is known two were and it is not known whether the other two killed were wearing their seat belts.
“While the circumstances of each crash are unique, one common denominator is the failure to buckle up,” said Nebraska State Patrol Field Services Major Mike Gaudreault in a written statement. “Wearing a seat belt correctly increases your odds of surviving a crash by up to 50%. We encourage all motorists to put the odds in their favor and wear their seat belt every trip, every time.”
The rash of fatal accident pushes the total who have died on Nebraska roadways at 85, still lower than the 105 total killed during the same time period last year.
“During the summer months we typically see increased traffic, including more pedestrians and cyclists on our roadways,” according to Gaudreault. “By watching out for each other, and complying with all traffic safety laws we can all help keep our roadways safe.”