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One person died and another was sent to the hospital in the aftermath of a two-vehicle crash just south of Beatrice, Wednesday.

A little before 2 p.m., Beatrice Rural Fire Department was called to the scene of a collision at the intersection of U.S. Highway 77 and West Lilac Road.

A small SUV with Gage County plates and a Ford pickup with Kansas plates left the roadway and went onto the lawn of a neighboring house. The SUV came to a stop against the house.

Gage County Sheriff's Office, Beatrice Fire and Rescue and the National Parks Service also responded to the crash.

As of 3 p.m., the sheriff's office was still working the scene to determine what exactly happened that led to the collision, said deputy John Chavez.

The sheriff's office didn't have an identification for the person who died in the SUV, as rescue crews were still working to extricate the body from the vehicle.

The body will be taken to the mortuary where an investigator from the sheriff's office will identify the body, Chavez said.

"We believe it's the driver," Chavez said. "I don't even know for sure if there was another occupant, if they're out of the vehicle."

Trash and other items, including around a dozen empty beer cans were littered around the yard following the crash, though whether alcohol was a factor in the crash is unknown at this point. The cans could have just been left over from an earlier event, Chavez said.

"It's a concern that we'll look at, but right now we can't determine if that was an actual factor or if that's involved in the accident at all," he said.

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