October 25, 2014

Driver dead in roll over crash in northeast Nebraska

A 29-year-old Norfolk man died after losing control of his car in Pierce County and rolling several times.

The Nebraska State Patrol reports Joshua Petersen died at the scene Tuesday afternoon on Nebraska Highway 13. The NSP says the car rolled when Petersen overcorrected after losing control of it.

Farm truck accident kills Hebron man

An accident involving a farm truck and a semi tractor-trailer in southern Nebraska has claimed the life of a 62-year-old man.

The Thayer County Sheriff’s Office reports James Summers of Hebron died in the accident near Hebron.

According to the office, Summers was crossing U.S. 81 in his farm truck when a semi driven by 36-year-old Kenneth White ran into the side of his truck. Emergency crews rushed Summers to a hospital by medical helicopter, but he was pronounced dead after arrival.

State highway officials hope awareness reduces teen highway deaths

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teenagers in Nebraska.

This is National Teen Driver Safety Week and parents are urged to review the rules of the road with their young drivers. Nebraska Department of Highway Safety Administrator Fred Zwonechek says in 2013, teens represented 7.1% of all licensed drivers in the state but were involved in 21% of all reported crashes.

Zwonechek says statistics show teen drivers in Nebraska were involved in 37% of all accidents where speed was a factor, 26% of all roll-over crashes, 26% of accidents involving cell phone use and 26% of all rear-end collisions. He says 71% of teen drivers in the state involved in deadly crashes were not wearing their safety belt.

During Teen Driver Safety Week parents are urged to talk to their young drivers about the dangers of driving. They are asked to join the “5-to-Drive” campaign that stresses no drinking and driving, seat belt use, put the cell phone away, follow the speed limit and no more than one passenger.

Field office closes, storm recovery continues (AUDIO)

Destruction left in wake of Pilger tornado

Destruction left in wake of Pilger tornado

The final field office opened to respond to the devastating storms of this summer has finally closed, but recovery continues.

The Wayne disaster recovery field office closed this past weekend. The Grand Island office closed earlier.

Recovery efforts continue, according to Nebraska Emergency Management Agency Assistant Director Bryan Tuma, who feels for those turned upside down by a succession of severe storms.

“Honestly speaking, although it’s very difficult for those folks, I mean it’s never easy to put your life back together after something like that. But, I think that is coming along,” Tuma tells Nebraska Radio Network.

Severe weather hit Nebraska beginning on Mother’s Day, May 11th, with damage to Beaver Crossing, Cordova, and Sutton. Storms returned in June, with the greatest damage coming June 16th when an EF4 tornado struck Pilger.

Though Pilger gets much of the attention, more than 20 counties suffered damage from tornadoes this summer.

Nebraska received three presidential disaster declarations this year for storms, tornadoes, winds, and flooding.

Tuma says NEMA and FEMA remain active in recovery efforts, consolidating efforts in Lincoln.

Tuma is quick to point out the work of charities, church groups, and volunteers.

“There’s a lot of thanks that needs to go around to a lot of different folks and that’s a part of who we are here in this state and so it’s very encouraging to watch that process.”

AUDIO:  Brent Martin reports [:45]

Young southeastern Nebraska man dies in ATV accident

A young, southeastern Nebraska man has died in an all-terrain-vehicle accident.

The Saline County Sheriff’s Office reports 26-year-old Nathan Casteel of Crete hit a utility pole with his ATV just before midnight Saturday.

Emergency crews rushed Casteel to Crete Area Medical Center, but he was later pronounced dead from injuries suffered in the wreck.