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One car crash kills driver in Northeast Lincoln

UPDATE: Police identify crash victim as Lincoln teen

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Posted By: Jenn Schanz
jschanz@klkntv.com 

It was a tragic scene near 84th and Cornhusker Wednesday night. Police say 16–year–old Blake Burklund lost control of his mustang and crashed.

He was headed north on 84th street right before midnight when they say he went through a red light.

"The car continued through a red light, through the T intersection. The car left the roadway, went through a tree line, and then struck an embankment," says Officer Katie Flood of the Lincoln Police Department. 

Burklund was pronounced dead at the scene. Police aren't sure what caused the crash, and are still working to determine whether or not he was wearing a seat belt.

Burklund was an avid soccer player, and would have been a junior at Lincoln Southwest.

His coach says he'd been playing for years, and was an example for his teammates.

"Blake was a very hardworking kid, he was well respected by his teammates. Out on the field, he was that lead-by-example quite individual."

Friends of Burklund say he was a great person. His coach anticipates a difficult fall for the team without him, but is confident everyone will ban together.

"It's going to be a tough next couple of weeks. Hopefully we can ban together and support everybody that needs it."

Police are still trying to figure out just what went wrong. An autopsy has been scheduled, and trauma counseling has been made available to Lincoln Southwest students.


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Posted By: Andrew Ward
Award@klkntv.com 

One is dead in a single car crash in Northeast Lincoln late Wednesday night. 

Police responded to a rescue call at the intersection of 84th St. and Hwy 6 around 11:45 p.m. 

They say the car drove through the stoplight at the T-intersection and into a line of trees. It eventually ended up on the other side of a creek near train tracks on the north side of Hwy 6. The driver died at the scene of the crash. 

Police blocked off traffic going eastbound on Hwy 6. They also halted a train going westbound on the tracks near the crash. 

Police are still investigating the cause of the accident and will not release the driver's name until all family members have been notified.  

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