Teen dies in car crash

Posted By: Laurann Robinson

lrobinson@klkntv.com

"She was a good kid. She just always had a smile on her face. Always in a bubbly mood,” said Dakota Tyson’s employer, Anthony Hensley.

Friends and family mourn the death of the high school senior killed in last night’s crash on Highway 2.

And today we learned the name of the teen who died and spoke with some people who knew her well.

I’m on Highway 2, just west of 176th Street where just behind me, Thursday night’s accident took the life of Dakota Tyson on her 18th birthday.

The side of the highway, still littered with corn after that fatal accident.

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says a grain truck loaded with corn was traveling westbound on highway 2 when Tyson’s yellow Hummer H2 ran into the back of it…. causing it to become stuck under the truck and catch fire.

"Shortly after the collision, the Hummer was fully engulfed in flames. Personnel from Bennet Fire responded to extinguish those flames," said Chief Deputy Jeff Bliemeister.

Tyson died at the scene.

The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries.

Hensley adds, "it’s like losing a family member."

Hensley, the owner of B&J’s restaurant, where Tyson worked, says she and his daughter were close friends.

He remembers Tyson’s bubbly attitude.

"We’d always have the game on in the bar side and she’d always come in dressed in her Husker gear and rooting for the team and all that."

And today, at Syracuse High School, where Tyson was in her senior year, students are still coping with the loss.

School counselor, Tim Isaacs says, "although it’s very much a big surprise, everyone learned about it last night, had a chance to process it a little bit. And it’s just been kind of a quiet, surreal day today."

Tyson’s closest friends were on a group trip to Nashville doing community service when the accident happened.

She was a part of that school group, but decided to stay home so she could save money for college, where she had plans to go into interior design.

The family has set up a Go Fund Me account at https://www.gofundme.com/DakotaTyson

And Anthony Hensley, the owner of B&J’s Restaurant is collecting money to help the family as well.

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