Friends and Family of Two teenagers who died in a traffic accident north of Fremont, spoke out to WOWT 6 News on Thursday. Their vehicle collided with the trailer of a semi at the intersection of Highways 77 and 91 on Tuesday. They said they are devastated, and want to see change at the intersection, because this is not the first time such an accident occurred in the area.
The victims are identified as 17-year-old Bryan Huff of Fremont and 15-year-old Dalan Brandt of Hooper. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, Huff was driving an Olds Alero northbound on Highway 77. Brandt was riding in the front seat.
The semi, driven by 53-year-old Byron Morrow of Tekamah, had been westbound on Highway 91 and Morrow was making a left turn onto southbound 77. The two vehicles collided at the intersection.
Investigators say there is a stop sign for Highway 91 traffic at the T-intersection.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
Brett Hull, a close friend of Brandt's, said, “I don't think any of us believe it yet its going to take time.” Friends met at Hooper Memorial Park Thursday to be together. They later took signs to the streets of Fremont that read "Honk for Dalan and Bryan," to raise awareness of the incident.
The accident is devastating to the Loganview High School Students. "It's hard for me to say but we all thought we were invincible, tough to imagine losing one of the people youve grown up with half your life and its like an empty space you cant fill," Hull explained.
Friends told WOWT 6 News both boys were involved in Band and could make everyone laugh and smile. They described the boys as "class clowns with the kindest hearts."
"We're going to miss him so much we always looked forward to seeing him everyday in band," said Weston Timm.
Hull told WOWT, "Yesterday was tough cause we went to visit the family and we both kind of broke down."
Brandt's grandparents, Jim and Sharon Brandt, said when they got the news, the intersection was the first thing to come to mind.
"There's a lot of crosses already and I thought, damnit, now were going to have another one," Jim explained. Sharon interrupted, and said "Two more."
They told WOWT 6 News they believe the intersection is an "accident waiting to happen." Just across from a memorial that has been set up for Dalan and Bryan, is another one from a few years ago. The grandparents hope a change is made at the intersection, whether it be a stop light or reconstruction, to make it safe for drivers.
"I don't want it to happen to anyone else ever - I'd give anything to not see another cross out there," they explained.
The grandparents raised Brandt since he was young, and described him as a responsible and energetic kid, but enjoyed having fun like any teenager.
Hull made shirts and bracelets in honor of his friends, he is selling them for anyone interested.