Patrol Urges Caution After Rash of Crashes

The Nebraska State Patrol is urging motorists to use extra caution on state roads in the aftermath of six fatalities in the past four days.

The fatal crashes occurred in Douglas (2), Lancaster, Thurston, Dakota and Buffalo counties between Friday, January 17 and Monday, January 20.

Four of the six crashes involved single vehicle rollovers. Of those four rollover crashes, three of the people killed were not wearing seat belts and investigators were unable to determine if the fourth person killed was buckled up.

“One life lost in a motor vehicle crash is one too many,” said Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “To have six people killed over a long weekend should be a wakeup call for all motorists to practice safe driving habits each and every time they get into a motor vehicle.”

The fatalities bring the number of people killed on Nebraska roads to date in 2014 to eight, compared with 12 roadway deaths on this same date in 2013.

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