Axtell teen dies in three-vehicle crash in Kearney
KEARNEY, NE — Police are revealing more details about a three-vehicle crash that killed a teenager in Kearney.
Kearney Police responded to the accident at the intersection of Platte Road and Highway 44, immediately south of Interstate-80, around 8:00 Thursday night. Police say a school bus carrying the Cozad softball team attempted to turn left from northbound Highway 44 onto Platte Road when a southbound car crashed into the front passenger corner of the bus. The impact pushed the vehicles into a third car, which was stopped on Platte Road.
Police say 19-year-old Jacob Harms of Hildreth was driving the southbound car. He and his passenger, 17-year-old Britney Royle of Axtell, were extricated from the vehicle by firefighters. Royle died at the scene. An ambulance transported Harms to a Kearney hospital and he was later flown to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha with non-life-threatening injuries.
Two adults aboard the Cozad bus were transported by ambulance to a Kearney hospital. Three students were driven by car to a hospital. All were treated and released.
The crash remains under investigation.