An autopsy reveals that 70-year-old Albert Sherbeck of Ansley died from multiple blunt force trauma in the two-vehicle, triple fatality accident that took the lives of two Broken Bow high school coaches. Yet, it also indicates that severe cardiovascular disease might have played a role in the accident late Friday afternoon west of Ansley in Custer County.
The Nebraska State Patrol reports that Sherbeck, traveling east on Highway 2, veered across the center line and struck a van carrying the Broken Bow high school basketball team, killing two coaches, injuring eight students. Killed in the wreck were 38-year-old Zane Harvey and 24-year-old Anthony Blum.
Custer County Attorney Tami Schendt released the autopsy results. She said Sherbeck’s heart condition could have been a factor in the accident. Schendt says the investigation into the fatal wreck continues.
Five students were treated for injuries at area hospitals, then released. Three remain hospitalized.
17-year-old Chad Christensen remains in critical condition in ICU at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. His family has set up a Facebook page entitled, “Chad Christensen’s Journey”, to provide updates on his progress.
15-year-old Austin Reynolds has undergone surgery as has 16-year-old Scott Gates, both listed in serious condition.
Funeral services for Anthony Blum will be held tomorrow, June 6th, at 2:30pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hildreth, NE. Burial will be in the Minden Cemetery.
Funeral services for Zane Harvey will be held Friday, June 8th, at 10:30am at the Broken Bow Evangelical Free Church. Burial will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery.
Memorials and donations may be sent to the Broken Bow Schools Foundation at 323 North 7th, Broken Bow NE 68822.
The Broken Bow public school has current information on its website: http://www.bbps.org/
Julie Toline, KCNI/KBBN, contributed to this report.
AUDIO: Julie Toline reports that the autopsy reveals Albert Sherbeck died from multiple blunt force trauma. [:35]