Two dead, four others injured in crash near Grand Island
GRAND ISLAND, NE — Authorities are releasing more details about a crash that killed two people near Grand Island.
The Merrick County Sheriff’s Office says emergency crews were dispatched to US Highway 30 about a half-mile east of Gunbarrel Road at 6:50 Sunday night. A news release says 18-year-old Brady Buechter of Belgrade and 39-year-old Dustin Geier of Columbus died at the scene. Four other people were transported to a Grand Island hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Sheriff’s Office says Buechter was the only one not wearing a seat belt. Drugs and alcohol were not factors in the accident.
The accident happened about 1.5 miles east of Grand Island. Highway 30 was shut down between the accident scene and the city for about three hours.
This accident is still under investigation by the Merrick County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol's advanced accident reconstruction team. The Sheriff’s Office might release additional information later on.