One Fatality Following a Two-Vehicle Accident West of Merna 

One Fatality Following a Two-Vehicle Accident West of Merna 
Approximately 30 vehicles assisting on the scene of a car accident west of Merna on Thursday morning.

UPDATE 2:15 p.m. Highway 92 has reopened.

UPDATE 1:30 p.m. Clean-up crews remain at the scene of this morning’s  accident. State Patrol confirmed that the accident involved one fatality, two people who were life flighted, and one person walked away from the scene with unknown injuries. Next of kin will be notified of the accident before any names are released. Highway 92 is still closed.

MERNA—Two vehicles collided in a Thursday morning accident that resulted in one death. Approximately two miles west of Merna on Highway 92 and Road 431 one pickup truck reportedly crossed the center line and impacted another pickup truck, according to Custer County Sheriff Dan Osmond.

Highway 92 will be closed west of Merna until further notice.

As of this morning (Thursday, July 11), the Custer County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) reported one fatality from the first vehicle and at least three other occupants were in the second pickup truck, but the extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

One vehicle was hauling a flatbed trailer with skidsteer. Custer Public Power District shut off power for a short time in the area as crews continued with cleanup efforts removing and elevating wires in order to flip the trailer back on its wheels.

First responders from Merna and Broken Bow were on the scene including fire and ambulance, as well as state troopers and the Custer County Sheriff’s Office. Hunters Towing and Repair and Central Nebraska Diesel also assisted. Life flight helicopters were called to the accident but as of 9:50 a.m., they had not made any medical transports.