UPDATE: 2nd fatality blamed on northeast Nebraska storm

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PILGER, Neb. (AP) The death of a second person has been blamed on tornadoes that authorities say destroyed or damaged more than half the town of Pilger in northeast Nebraska.

Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger said Tuesday that a motorist died Monday after a single-vehicle accident that occurred on a county road four to five miles east of Pilger. Unger says the accident is considered storm-related because it occurred about the same time the storm pounded the community of about 350, which sits about 80 northwest of Omaha.

The sheriff didn’t release the victim’s name and said he didn’t have accident details.

Unger says a 5-year-old also died from injuries suffered Monday. Unger says the victim was pronounced dead on arrival at a Norfolk hospital. Her name hasn’t been released.


PILGER, Neb. (AP) Authorities say a 5-year-old was killed in the northeast Nebraska tornado that destroyed more than half of the town of Pilger.

The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the death in a statement late Monday. Authorities say the child was among several people near the town’s Main Street who suffered critical injuries when the tornado struck.

The tornado was one of two that touched down in Stanton County. Authorities say the first landed southwest of Stanton around 3:45 p.m. and leveled a farm house. Officials say the second tornado touched down shortly afterward southwest of Pilger before hitting the town. Several major buildings were destroyed, including the Fire Department.

The statement did not identify the child who was killed or specify a gender.