Survivor of Sunday morning crash in Buffalo County in serious condition

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NEAR KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) UPDATE Monday, Feb 11, 2019:

The Buffalo County Sheriff Monday identified one of the victims of a two vehicle crash which occurred early Sunday morning. The driver of the south-bound pickup is Gary Lea, 32, rural Kearney. He was admitted to CHI Health-Good Samaritan Sunday morning with injuries from the crash. Late Monday morning, Lea was listed in serious condition at the hospital.

The Sheriff's office has not yet identified the driver of the north-bound vehicle, who died at the scene. An autopsy is pending.


The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal two vehicle traffic crash which was reported at 4:47 AM on Sunday, February 10, 2019 on the Platte River bridge on Highway 10 just south of the Minden, NE interstate 80 interchange east of Kearney, NE.

According to preliminary investigation, a two-vehicle head on collision occurred on the Hwy 10 Platte River bridge involving a southbound 2004 Chevrolet pickup and northbound 1993 Chevrolet Pickup. There were no passengers in either vehicle; both vehicles were totaled. The collision caused a fire to the northbound vehicle. The driver of the northbound pickup died at the scene and has not yet been identified. The driver of the southbound pickup was injured and transported to the CHI-Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Assisting deputies at the scene were members of the Kearney Police Department, Kearney Volunteer Fire Department, Nebraska Department of Transportation, CHI-GSH paramedics and the Buffalo County Attorney’s Office. The Buffalo County Attorney’s Office has ordered an autopsy. The area of the Platte River bridge on Hwy 10 was closed for several hours during the investigation by the Kearney / Buffalo County Fatality Accident Investigation Team.

Next of kin have not been notified.

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