Three people, including two Nebraskans, died after separate traffic accidents Monday on state roads.

In the first accident, about 1:15 a.m., a 24-year-old Hershey woman was fatally injured in a one-car crash at the intersection of North Prairie Trace Road and West Platte Valley Road north of Sutherland.

Lincoln County Sheriff Jerome Kramer said Korey Huebner was believed to have been a passenger in a pickup truck that hit an embankment and landed in a roadside ditch.

Two others in the truck, Micah Koch, 24, and Jay Shotkoski, 28, were taken to Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.

Authorities said an investigation into the crash continues.

In the second accident, a 43-year-old driver was killed in a collision on an icy highway in central Nebraska.

The Nebraska State Patrol said Chrystal Hopkins, 29, of rural Grand Island, lost control of her sport utility vehicle just after 8 a.m. while driving north on U.S. Highway 281. The vehicle slid in front of an oncoming SUV driven by Robert Guenette, of St. Libory, who died. The accident occurred on the southern edge of St. Libory.

Hopkins was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island and then released after treatment.

The third fatal accident occurred about 6 p.m. on U.S. Highway 83 north of Valentine, said Cherry County Sheriff Rusty Osburn.

He said a man died and three other people were injured in the three-car accident. Osburn said names were being withheld until relatives are notified.

A northbound pickup truck on Highway 83 and a southbound car on the highway lost control in icy conditions and collided, killing a South Dakota man, he said. A third vehicle, a pickup, was unable to stop and struck the wreckage.

Four people were in the three vehicles and three of them were injured, Osburn said. They were taken to a local hospital, where two were treated and later released. The third injured person was transferred to a hospital in Rapid City, S.D., he said.

This report includes material from the Associated Press and The World-Herald's News Service.

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