Sheriff’s office: 2 drowned in crash into Nebraska canal

MAXWELL, Neb. (AP) — Two people drowned last week when the pickup truck they were in rolled into a water-filled canal in western Nebraska, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.

The crash happened Thursday afternoon when the truck lost control on a rural road and went into the Tri-County Canal near Fort McPherson National Cemetery, the North Platte Telegraph reported.

Deputies and officers with the Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission arrived on the scene to find the truck upside down and submerged in the canal, the sheriff's office said. Workers with the Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District had already jumped into the water and pulled out Alex Sanchez, 74, of North Platte, who died at the scene.

A county dive team later recovered the body of 52-year-old Kimberly McCarter, of Papillion.

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