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A collision east of Odell left one person dead Wednesday morning.

At the partially snow-covered intersection of Highway 112 and Highway 8, a pickup truck lost control on the ice and collided with a semi truck, ejecting the driver from the pickup.

Beatrice Fire and Rescue, the Odell Volunteer Fire Department, the Wymore Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Nebraska State Patrol and the Gage County Sheriff’s Department responded to the call that came in around 10:30 a.m.

A StarCare helicopter medical transport was put on standby, but was called off after the driver of the pickup was declared dead at the scene.

Gage County Sheriff Millard Gustafson said that the pickup was heading northbound and tried to turn off the road, but lost control on the ice, slid over into the opposite lane of traffic where the vehicle was t-boned by the southbound semi truck.

The driver of the semi truck was uninjured and the name of the driver who was killed has not yet been released, Gustafson said.

“It’s absolutely a reminder to slow down,” he said. “Highways 8 and 77 were pretty clear, but 112 is considered a secondary road by the state and had slush and ice on it, which obviously contributed to the mishap.”


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