Merna crash

Volunteers from the Merna, Broken Bow, and Arnold Fire Departments, plus others from Hunter Towing, Myers Construction, the Custer County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol, Good Samaritan Air Care, LifeNet Air ambulance, Custer Public Power and nearby farmers and community members worked for hours to free two men trapped in a crash near Merna.

The driver of a pickup truck died on a central Nebraska road when his vehicle crossed the center line and collided with another pickup pulling a flatbed trailer carrying a skid loader.

The crash occurred about 8:30 a.m. Thursday on Nebraska Highway 92, about two miles west of Merna, Custer County Sheriff Dan Osmond said Friday.

Roman Romero, 40, of New Mexico was killed in the crash, Osmond said.

The driver of the other pickup, Kevin Jensen, 49, and his passengers, his 19-year-old twin sons, Erik and Brock Jensen, all of Broken Bow, were injured.

The Nebraska State Patrol said the crash caused the Jensens’ trailer to break loose, tip and pin the skid loader against their pickup truck as the pickup rolled onto the driver’s side.

Kevin and Erik Jensen were trapped in the pickup, and it took dozens of people about three hours to free them, the patrol said.

The Jensens were flown by medical helicopter to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. The sons were treated and released and Kevin Jensen was listed in good condition Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said. The Jensens were wearing seat belts, Osmond said. It wasn’t clear whether Romero was wearing a seat belt.

Romero was driving a 2002 Dodge Ram half-ton pickup. An autopsy has been ordered. Kevin Jensen was driving a 2016 Ford F-350 pickup.

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