Update: Motorcyclist killed in Sarpy County crash identified


LA PLATTE, Neb. (AP) – Authorities in eastern Nebraska have identified a motorcyclist killed in a four-vehicle crash in Sarpy County.

The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened around 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday on the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 75, a few hundred yards south of U.S. Highway 34, killing 47-year-old Jody Emmert, of Bellevue.

Investigators say Emmert was operating a motorcycle that hit a minivan, which triggered a secondary crash between a work van and a pickup truck that were trailing the motorcycle and minivan.

The sheriff’s office says Emmert died at the scene.

The driver and passengers in the pickup were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The work van and minivan drivers were taken to a hospital as precautions.

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The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office says a motorcyclist has died after crash involving four vehicles.

It happened a little after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Sarpy County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident on Highway 75, about a quarter of a mile south of Highway 34 in the southbound lanes.

Highway 75 has two open lanes in each direction separated by a grass median.

Authorities say all four vehicles approached the Highway 34 overpass, a motorcycle hit a minivan on the inside lane.

The crash triggered a secondary accident between a work van and a pickup truck.

Both the work van and pickup truck were trailing the motorcycle and the minivan before the crash.

The driver of the motorcycle died at the scene.

The name of the victim has not been released, as the their next of kin are notified.

The driver and passengers of the pickup truck were transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Both the driver of the work van and the driver of the minivan were transported to the hospital for evaluation.

All drivers were tested for alcohol drugs, the tests are pending.

The names of the other people involved in the crash are being withheld until their injuries are assessed and family members are notified.

Highway 75 was closed, but has since reopened.

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