UPDATE: Names of three killed in fiery crash released

POSTED BY:  KLKN Television


(AP) Authorities have released the names of three people killed in a fiery collision in northeast Nebraska.

The accident occurred just after 9 a.m. Tuesday in southeastern Stanton County, about seven miles north-northeast of Clarkson.

Sheriff Mike Unger identified the three as 67-year-old David Schmid and his wife, 59-year-old Elaine Schmid, from Norfolk, and 53-year-old Derek Wrase, of Joice, Iowa.

Unger says Elaine Schmid was driving a sport utility vehicle when it hit a tanker truck at the intersection of state Highways 15 and 32. The tanker soon was struck by a semitrailer. Wrase was driving the semitrailer.

The driver of the empty tanker truck, 27-year-old Brandon Wolf, of Fremont, was hospitalized.


WEST POINT, Neb. (AP) – Authorities say at least three people have been killed in a fiery three-vehicle crash in northeast Nebraska.
The crash happened just after 9 a.m. Tuesday in Stanton County at the intersection of Highways 15 and 32. Witnesses say a sport utility vehicle ran a stop sign and struck a tanker truck, which was then hit by a semi trailer. All three vehicles erupted in flames.

Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger says the victims were burned beyond recognition, so it will take time to identify them and notify their families. Authorities did not say in which vehicle or vehicles the fatality victims were.

Witnesses say a roads department crew was at the intersection at the time of the crash replacing a stop sign.

Courtesy:  KTIC radio