The two people killed in a crash south of Blair Wednesday afternoon were both from Omaha. They were identified as 19-year-old Cody Stump and 45-year-old Rosemarie Akiens.
The accident happened on Highway 133 near County Road 30 around 1:45 p.m. The Washington County Sheriff's Department tells Channel 6 News a Jeep was heading northbound when for some reason it crossed over into the southbound lane and hit a pickup truck nearly head-on. Investigators have not disclosed who was driving which vehicle.
Drivers wonder if an overdue project may have prevented this accident. The Nebraska Department of Road has had a widening project on the books for Highway 133 for years. Only about four miles of the 20 between Omaha and Blair has been changed to four lanes. The NDOR says it's been labeled a priority project in the Building Nebraska Act, which funds highway improvements.
"Even when I travel it I always have people passing me all the time on that road. It seems like people want to drive 65 pretty frequently on that road," said Shannon Heinen of Missouri Valley, Iowa. "For how much traffic is on it, definitely. For one you don't have to worry about people passing in other lanes."
The Nebraska Department of Roads says it expects to begin work on widening the rest of Highway 133 in 2013.