Two Waste Management employees killed in crash

Published: Sep. 28, 2018 at 2:30 PM CDT
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Authorities are investigating a fatal accident at Highway 31 (204th Street) and Fort Street.

Two men were killed in the crash.

It happened around 1 P.M. and involved a garbage truck and a dump truck.

Lanes headed in both directions - from Ida to Grand - were been blocked on Hwy 31 as authorities investigated and worked toward clearing the wreckage.

A press release from the Nebraska State Patrol said that the garbage truck was driving northbound on 204th St. It drove into the southbound lane to pass a pickup and trailer that were turning right onto Fort St.

While the attempt to pass happened, a dump truck was turning left from Fort St. onto Southbound 204th St. The garbage truck attempted to get back into its own lane and lost control, rolling onto its side, when it over corrected. That's when it ran into the dump truck.

The men who died in the crash were identified as Pierre Neal, 26, and Rogelio Sanchez Marin, 55. Both were from Omaha and both were pronounced deceased on the scene. Neal was driving the garbage truck.

The driver of the dump truck has been identified as Darold Ashcraft, 55, of Omaha. He suffered only minor injuries.

Waste Management confirmed they were both employees of the company.

"Today is a day of profound sadness for the Waste Management family. This is a heartbreaking incident and our deepest sympathies go out to their families and friends," the company said in a statement.

Mayor Jean Stothert also released a statement Friday evening.

"Waste Management performs a critical service for the citizens of Omaha. The employees are parents, neighbors and friends. This is a tragedy for everyone," she said.

The investigation is ongoing, but the roads have been reopened.