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Authorities have identified a man from Diller who was killed in a traffic crash on Wednesday.

The crash occurred east of Odell late Wednesday morning at the intersection of Highway 112 and Highway 8.

Once on scene, deputies observed two vehicles, a pickup truck and a semi-tractor trailer, approximately 300 yards north of the Nebraska Highways 8 and 112 intersection. The driver of the pickup truck had been ejected and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the semi reported no injuries.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, a pickup driven by John Scheuler, 66, of Diller, was traveling north on Nebraska Highway 112 when he lost control on the snow-packed road, crossing into the southbound lane in front of a southbound semi, driven by Robert Brackett, 39, of Omaha.

Scheuler was ejected from the pickup and Brackett was uninjured.

The front of Brackett’s semi collided with the passenger side of Scheuler’s pickup. The semi came to rest in the southbound lane, while the pickup came to rest in the west ditch.

Scheuler’s restraints are not believed to be in use and no airbag deployed, according to the press release. Brackett’s lap and shoulder belts were in use, and no airbags available. Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to have been a factor in the accident.

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



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