A rash of fatal accidents left seven dead and one severely injured in a span of less than 24 hours.
Three people died in a collision in western Nebraska Wednesday evening when a stolen pick-up slammed into a semi hauling a fuel tank head-on.
Two Iowa residents were killed, another critically injured, in an early morning crash Thursday in extreme northeastern Nebraska.
The driver reported he lost control of his vehicle when he swerved to avoid a deer, going over an embankment and landing in a creek on the side of U.S. Highway 20 near Jackson. The driver faces charges in the fatal wreck.
The Kearney County Sheriff’s Office reports 62-year-old Neil Jurgens of Minden died in a three-vehicle crash near Minden Wednesday at the intersection of U.S. Highway 34/6 and Kearney County Road 28.
The accident reports says Jurgens was driving west on Highway 34/6 when a pick-up struck his car from behind, shoving it into the eastbound lane where it was struck by another pick-up. Jurgens died at the scene. The other two drivers were not injured.
Wednesday evening in Adams County, 71-year-old Robert Samuelson of Hastings died in a crash on U.S. Highway 281 about four miles north of Hastings. The Nebraska State Patrol reports an oncoming vehicle crossed the median and collided with Samuelson’s car. The other driver is being treated at a Hastings hospital.