Update: Two Killed in Fiery Highway 50 Crash

By: Katie Stukey, Chase Moffitt Email
By: Katie Stukey, Chase Moffitt Email
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A second person has died as a result of a fiery crash at the intersection of highways 50 and 31 Friday morning. The victims are identified as 25-yar-old David Gressley of Lincoln and 19-year-old Tyler Armknecht of Johnson Nebraska.

Gressley was driving a pickup truck in which Armknecht was a passenger.

Authorities say the pickup was eastbound and Gressley ran a stop sign at the intersection, colliding with a northbound semi-tractor/trailer. The pickup was pinned under the trailer and caught fire.

The pickup truck was dragged approximately 300 feet after the collision. Gressley was pinned in the wreckage for more than two-and-a-half hours.

“The truck completely went underneath the trailer and was just totally jammed underneath,” said Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Daniel Williamson. “We had to have two tow trucks show up to lift the back of the trailer up and pull the pickup truck out."

Gressley was transported by medical helicopter to the Nebraska Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Armknecht was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the semi, identified as 66-year-old James Kastanek of Syracuse, was taken to Midlands Hospital for evaluation and was later released.

Highway 50, between Cornish Road and Louisville, and Highway 31, between highways 50 and 68, were closed for several hours. Both are now open again.

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