Highway 35 accident claims the life of rural mail carrier

HOSKINS, Neb. -- One person is dead after a two-vehicle car accident in Northeast Nebraska.

The accident occurred at about 1:50 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 35 and 846th Road south of Hoskins and north of Woodland Park.

The Stanton County Sheriff's Office says the accident appears to have occurred when an eastbound pickup failed to stop for a stop sign at the highway and drove into the path of a southbound car on Highway 35.

The driver of the pickup, 57-year-old Francene Wolff, was ejected from her vehicle onto the roadway after it rolled onto its top and lifesaving efforts were undertaken by bystanders and law enforcement. Wolff was pronounced dead on scene shortly afterward. Wolff was operating the pickup as a U.S. Mail carrier a rural route.

The driver of the southbound car, 21-year-old Devon Beckman, was restrained with airbag deployment and was transported to Faith Regional Hospital by Hoskins/Woodland Park Rescue.

The Sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by Stanton County Emergency Management, Norfolk Fire Division and the Nebraska State Patrol. 

After significant closures throughout the afternoon as a result of the crash, Highway 35 is now open in both directions.