February 4, 2023

Dawson County Journal

Dawson County, Nebraska

UPDATE: Identities released in fatality crash in south Kearney

Kearney, Neb. — One person died in a three-vehicle crash Thursday evening at Platte Road and 2nd Avenue and Highway 44 in south Kearney. A City of Kearney news release indicates law enforcement agencies and emergency medical personnel were summoned to the crash scene at 8:04 p.m.

The news release indicates a Cozad Community School bus was traveling northbound on 2nd Avenue turning left onto Platte Road, crossing southbound 2nd Avenue. A 1993 Cadillac was traveling southbound on 2nd Avenue and as the bus turned, the Cadillac struck the front passenger corner of the bus. Both vehicles came to rest in the southwest corner of the intersection. An additional vehicle which was stopped on eastbound Platte Road, was struck receiving minor damage.

The driver of the school bus was identified as 68-year-old Torrey Kloppenborg of Cozad.

Courtesy Photo —
Three vehicle crash in Kearney
leaves one dead. 09-01-22

The driver of the Cadillac was identified as 19-year-old Jacob Harms of Hildreth. The passenger in the Cadillac, was identified as 17-year-old Britney Royle from the Axtell area. Both Harms and Royle were extricated from the vehicle by Kearney Volunteer Fire Department Firefighters.

EMS professionals performed lifesaving efforts on Royle at the scene. Britney Royle was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of injuries sustained during the crash. Harms was transported to CHI Good Samaritan Hospital by ambulance and later flown to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha with non-life-threatening injuries.

The school bus was transporting the Cozad High School girls’ softball team. There were 12 students and 4 adults on the bus. Two adults were transported to Kearney Regional Medical Center by ambulance and 3 students were transported to Kearney Regional Medical Center by private auto, all were treated and released.

Cozad Community Schools issued a statement Friday through its Crisis Team about the accident:

“Last night, September 1st, the Cozad Softball team bus was involved in a traffic accident in Kearney. All team members, coaching staff, and bus driver are doing well at this time. Our Cozad Crisis team has met and is prepared to provide support for all involved who may need assistance. We appreciate your love and support during this difficult time.”

— Cozad Crisis Team

Kearney Chief of Police Bryan Waugh says investigators and police officers will determine the cause and forward findings to the Buffalo County Attorney’s Office.

The Kearney Police/Buffalo County Fatal Accident Investigation Team (FAIT), Kearney Volunteer Fire Department, Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, Buffalo County Attorney’s Office all assisted with the accident investigation. CHI Good Samaritan Hospital EMS also assisted at the scene.

Source: Nebraska Regional News