Morning crash near Tri County school claims two lives

DEWITT, NE — Two people are dead after an accident on a foggy highway near a southeast Nebraska school this morning.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a crash at the intersection of 725 Road and Highway 103 just south of Tri County School around 7:30 AM. A news release says an eastbound sedan was approaching the highway and didn’t yield to a southbound pickup, causing the collision.

Dense fog limited visibility to about an eighth of a mile at the time of the accident.

The Sheriff’s Office says the 51-year-old man driving the sedan died at the scene. A 16-year-old passenger was transported by ambulance to a Lincoln hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the pickup was not hurt. The highway was shut down at the crash scene for at least an hour and a half.

The crash remains under investigation. Plymouth Ambulance, Plymouth Fire, Beatrice Fire and Rescue, the Nebraska State Patrol, Saline County Sheriff’s Office and Jefferson County Emergency Management all assisted at the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office has not released the names of those involved.

Doug Kennedy contributed to this report.