A fatal crash Monday in Saunders County pushed Nebraska’s road deaths to 177 for the year.
That is well ahead of last year’s pace, when 145 people had lost their lives on the state’s roadways through Oct. 22. Nebraska finished 2011 with 181 road fatalities.
Saunders County authorities continue to investigate why a driver lost control of a pickup truck Monday at noon on County Road L about two miles west of Wahoo. The pickup veered off the road and rolled.
Both occupants of the truck were taken to Saunders County Medical Center. One was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The names were being withheld pending notification of relatives.
Officials said they didn’t believe that drugs or alcohol were factors.
Authorities also continue to investigate area crashes that resulted in injuries:
» Two 17-year-olds were taken to the hospital Monday night after a one-car rollover near Weeping Water in Cass County south of Omaha. The teens were traveling east on Weeping Water Road about 10:15 p.m. when the driver lost control of a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix near 120th Street. Authorities said the Pontiac crossed the center line and veered into the north ditch, flipping several times before coming to rest on its top.
Both teens were ejected; investigators said it appears the two were not wearing seal belts. Caleb Stander of Weeping Water and Travis Melo of Manley were taken to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha with serious injuries, Cass County officials said.
Speed was believed to be a contributing factor, said Cass County Sheriff Wiliam Bruggemann.
» In Omaha, police identified the man involved in a one-car traffic accident early Monday at an intersection of 72nd and Blondo Streets. Daniel Brunner, 23, was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
The crash happened just before 2:30 a.m. on rain-slickened roads, police said. Brunner was driving east on Blondo when his 1992 Honda Accord crossed the median into the westbound lanes and struck a light pole on the northwest corner of the intersection.