One dead after vehicle hits farm equipment, engulfs in flames
GENOA, Neb. -- Authorities responded to a two-vehicle accident Tuesday evening in rural Nance County.
The Nance County Sheriff's Office said they responded to a two-vehicle accident on Highway 22 near N 370th Ave in rural Nance County around 5:55 p.m.
Authorities said the investigation showed that a Chevrolet Suburban was traveling west on Highway 22 at an unknown speed when it hit the rear end of a piece of farm equipment that was also traveling west on Highway 22.
The Nance County Sheriff's Office said the accident caused extensive damage to the Suburban, which had caught on fire.
Authorities said that witnesses tried to extract to driver of the Suburban, who was trapped in the vehicle, but were not able to free him from the vehicle due to the fire. It was reported that the fire quickly spread to engulf the entire vehicle.
Once fire crews arrived, officials said they were able to put out the fire and extract the driver, who had succumbed to his injuries. Authorities said he died before responders arrived to the scene.
The Sheriff's Office said that deputies were able to identify the man and have notified the family.
The driver of the farm equipment was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries, officials said.
The Sheriff's Office said that they requested the assistance of an accident reconstructionist from the Nebraska State Patrol.
The Sheriff's Office and NSP are still investigating the accident to determine the cause.
The Sheriff's Office, Genoa Volunteer Fire Department, and Genoa Volunteer Rescue Squad responded to the accident. The Fullerton Volunteer Fire Department provided mutual aid.