MERNA, NE — A car vs. semi collision has claimed the life of a central Nebraska man.

The Custer County Sheriff’s Office responded to an accident on Highway 92 two miles west of Merna just after 1:00 Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff Dan Osmond says 39-year-old Nathan Rosentrater of Arnold was driving west when his car crossed the center line and hit the front drivers’ side of a semi.

Osmond says both drivers were transported by ambulance to a Broken Bow hospital. Rosentrater was pronounced dead at the hospital. The semi driver was treated and released. The sheriff says Rosentrater was not wearing a seat belt.

The Nebraska State Patrol, Merna Fire and Rescue, Broken Bow Fire and Rescue, Hunters Towing, and Trumbull Towing all assisted with the accident.