Semi-truck driver killed in crash near Schuyler

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COLFAX COUNTY, Neb. -- On Monday at approximately 1:58 p.m., Colfax County Communications received a 911 call of a semi-truck crash on Highway 15 and County Road L in Colfax County.

Deputies responded to the scene. Witnesses reported that two semi-trucks pulling trailers were traveling north of Schuyler on Highway 15. As the trucks traveled north, they came upon a tractor pulling a feed wagon also traveling north on Highway 15.

The first semi-truck and trailer attempted to pass the tractor on the west side of the road. The tractor began to turn west off from Highway 15. The semi-truck and trailer veered off from Highway 15 into a field, traveled over Dry Creek, impacting the opposite bank of the Dry Creek. The semi-truck and trailer came to rest in Dry Creek.

The driver and sole occupant of the crashed semi-truck and trailer was freed from the wreckage and transported to the CHI Alegent Hospital in Schuyler where the driver was pronounced dead at approximately 2:58 p.m.

It is believed that the driver of the semi was not wearing a seatbelt.

An autopsy of the truck driver will be conducted at the Douglas County Coroner's Office.

The investigation is pending and no names are released pending notification of family members.

Responding to the scene was the Colfax County Sheriff's Department and Schuyler Fire and Rescue, Kracl Towing and Mike's Towing.