LINCOLN, Neb. – A 13-year-old Norris student has died following a five-vehicle crash near Norris High School on Wednesday.
Eighth grader Ryan Post, of Hickman, was declared dead at Bryan West at 1:40 p.m.
Post was the right rear passenger in a Pontiac Grand Prix that was struck by a Ford Ranger Pickup. She was wearing her seat belt, the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office said.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.
Just before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, emergency crews were dispatched to a five-vehicle injury accident on south 68th Street, just north of Norris School, authorities said.
The five vehicles were involved in a chain reaction accident due to vehicles in front of them slowing down for an earlier accident on South 68th Street.
Three of the drivers were Norris students and the other two vehicles were driven by adults who had picked up children from Norris High School.
Fourteen of the sixteen people involved in the accident were students from the Norris School District.
Through the early stages of the investigation, it has been determined that seat belts were in use by all involved parties and alcohol is not suspected, LSO confirmed.
Three Norris students were transported to Bryan Health Center West Campus for their injuries.
Two were transported by ground units and Post was life flighted by Star Care.
One student was treated and released, one was admitted to the hospital for observation, and Post was admitted in critical condition with life threatening injuries. She succumbed to her injuries less than 24 hours later.
LSO said Post was in the back seat of a Pontiac Grand Prix that was last in line of a four-vehicle pile up.
The Ford Ranger pickup came over a hill, striking the back of the Grand Prix.
The Norris School District released a statement on Wednesday afternoon regarding the incident.
"Ryan was a positive, vibrant, and upbeat young lady. She was an excellent student and involved in activities including club cheerleader. She will be greatly missed by her friends, family, and the entire Norris community," part of the statement read.