Update: Driver of Truck Identified | 11 Students Hurt in Bus vs. Truck Crash

By: WOWT | Associated Press | Press Release: Saunders Co. Sheriff's Office
By: WOWT | Associated Press | Press Release: Saunders Co. Sheriff's Office
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VALPARAISO, Neb. Authorities say one person is dead and two others are listed in critical condition after a truck and school bus collision in Saunders County.

Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz says the accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. Thursday near the intersection of county roads H and 29. That's about six miles north-northwest of Valparaiso.

Officials say the bus was going west and three construction workers from Schuyler, Nebraska were in a pickup going south. The bus and truck collided in a unrestricted intersection.

Sheriff Stukenholtz says the truck rolled, throwing the driver Steven Jedlicka from the vehicle. The other two passengers were seriously hurt. Jedlicka was pronounced dead at Bryan Health. The names of the two passengers in the pickup truck are being withheld pending notification of relatives, but they were taken to Bryan Health. Sheriff Stukenholtz says the men were from Colfax County and were building a garage in the neighborhood.

Eleven students were on the East Butler Public Schools bus along with the driver Lyle A. Divis of Brainard. None of the students were seriously injured, but were transported to the Butler County Health Care Center and the Saunders Medical Center as a precaution. The Nebraska State Patrol is assisting with the investigation.


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