ELMWOOD, Neb. (AP) _ Authorities say two people were killed and three others hurt in a head-on collision between an ambulance and a pickup in Cass County.
The accident occurred around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. Highway 34 near Elmwood. Cass County Sheriff William Brueggemann says the driver of the Weeping Water ambulance, 51-year-old Robert Hanes of Weeping Water and the driver of the pickup, 24-year-old William Whitlatch of Syracuse were killed. Two EMT'S in the ambulance were flown to a Lincoln hospital. They are 30-year-old Melissa Hanes and 46-year-old James Flint of Weeping Water. The Weeping Water ambulance crew were taking a patient to Lincoln. That patient was transported by Elmwood Rescue to a Lincoln hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Cass County Sheriff William Brueggemann says deputies had been trying to find the pickup because of a report about an erratic driver. He says the pickup crossed into oncoming traffic and struck the ambulance.
The accident is under investigation by the Cass County Sheriff's Office and the Nebraska State Patrol.