UPDATE: Just after 2 a.m. Saturday morning, the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office released a statement on the accident on Highway 77 Friday night.

Here are the details: 

At 7:47 p.m. on December 14th, 2018, Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies, along with Hallam Volunteer Fire Department, Cortland Rural Fire & Rescue, and Lincoln Fire & Rescue, responded to a report of two pedestrians who had been struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Hwy 77 and West Hallam Road.  First responders arrived and found where a southbound 2010 GMC Sierra K1500 pickup, driven by 74-year-old Kenneth Lineweber of Beatrice, NE, collided with two people who were assisting another party with changing a flat tire on his vehicle which was on the west shoulder of Hwy 77.  One of the pedestrians was pronounced dead at the scene.

Star Care air ambulance responded to the scene and transported the other pedestrian, 61-year-old Karen Meyer of rural Cortland, NE, to the hospital where she is currently listed in critical, but stable condition.  The name of the decedent is not being released pending next of kin notification.


The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team was called to investigate the scene.  An autopsy has been ordered by the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office and the investigation is ongoing.

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Scanner traffic reports a serious accident north of Cortland.

It happened just before 8 p.m. Friday evening near Highway 77 and West Hallam Road. 

There were reports of at least two people with serious injuries. 

Star Care is also responding to the accident.

Southbound lanes of Highway 77 are being shut down for the helicopter to be able to land.

This is a developing situation.

We have a reporter at the scene, who will bring us the latest details when they become available.