Two people were killed Friday afternoon in a collision at 204th and Fort Streets in Elkhorn.
Around 1 p.m., Pierre Neal, 26, of Omaha was driving a garbage truck north on 204th Street with passenger Rogelio Sanchez Marin, 54, of Omaha. Neal drove into the southbound lane to pass two vehicles turning right onto Fort Street, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. Simultaneously, the dump truck’s driver was turning left into the same lane.
Neal attempted to get back into his lane, overcorrected and lost control of the truck, the patrol said. The garbage truck rolled onto its side and, in the process, ran into the dump truck.
Neal and Sanchez Marin were pronounced dead at the scene. The dump truck’s driver, Darold Ashcraft, 55, of Omaha, received minor injuries.
Waste Management issued a statement Friday expressing the company’s condolences.
“Today is a day of profound sadness for the Waste Management family,” the statement said. “This is a heartbreaking incident and our deepest sympathies go out to their families and friends. We are working with local authorities, Nebraska State Patrol and would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the first responders who attended and assisted at the scene.”
Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said in a statement that she reached out to Waste Management leaders to express her condolences.
The deaths bring the state’s traffic fatalities so far this year to 164, according to numbers from the State Department of Transportation. That’s less than the past five years. But September has been a bad month for crashes, with 26 deaths, more than 20 percent higher than the average for the previous five years.