About 600 people gathered in the small community of Broken Bow Nebraska Saturday to mourn the loss of two Broken Bow High School basketball coaches.
The two-vehicle crash late Friday afternoon killed three and injured eight. Killed in the crash were 38-year-old Zane Harvey and 24-year-old Anthony Blum, the two coaches as well as 70-year-old Albert Sherbeck of Ansley.
Three of the students injured in the crash are hospitalized. 17-year-old Chad Christensen is reported in critical condition at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. 16-year-old Scott Gates is listed as serious in Kearney as is 15-year-old Austin Reynolds.
Five students have been treated and released from area hospitals: 17-year-old Hunter Campbell, 17-year-old Marcus Miller, 16-year-old Taylor O’Brien, 15-year-old Lane Albus and 16-year-old Grayson Minnick.
The coaches and players were returning in a school van from a day-long basketball clinic in Kearney.
The Nebraska State Patrol reports a pick-up driven by Scherbeck traveling east on Highway 2 crossed left of center and struck the westbound Broken Bow Public School van. The Patrol reports the accident happened at around four o’clock Friday afternoon west of Ansley.
Harvey and Blum both coached and taught at Broken Bow, which has a high school of 260 students in rural, central Nebraska. Harvey coached three sports: football, basketball and golf. He taught math. Harvey had been with the school for 14 years. Blum came to Broken Bow last fall to take over the basketball program. He also taught business and computer skills.