Fatal pic, 8/22

Lincoln County sheriff's deputies investigate a two-vehicle fatal collision early Thursday on U.S. Highway 83 about 12 miles south of downtown North Platte.

A McCook woman died in a head-on collision about 7 a.m. Thursday on U.S. Highway 83, about 12 miles south of downtown North Platte.

The woman, Stephanie Budke, 33, was driving a sedan that crossed the center line and struck a semitrailer truck head-on, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. She was the only person in the car.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the northbound car had crossed into the southbound lane to pass another vehicle.

The weather at the time was extremely foggy; witnesses thought the accident was fog-related. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been a factor, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The semi driver was Sohi Nahar Singh, 65, of Bakersfield, California, according to the patrol. Neither Singh nor a passenger in the semi was injured, according to the Sheriff’s Office, which also responded to the crash.

Singh was wearing a seat belt, according to the patrol. It was unknown whether the woman who died was wearing a seat belt.

First responders from North Platte Rescue and Frontier County Rescue also responded to the crash, which happened near the NuStar Energy pipeline plant. The wreck completely blocked the highway, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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