Three teenagers remain in serious condition Tuesday after their vehicle wrecked Monday night on a county road between North Platte and Hershey.
The Lincoln County sheriff’s office said the vehicle left the road, rolled and hit a tree on South River Road, just east of the Crane View intersection. The three occupants were trapped inside.
The Lincoln County 911 Center received the call at 9 p.m. Deputies and rescue workers found the driver, a 17-year-old from North Platte, with serious injuries. The driver was eventually removed and taken to Great Plains Health hospital in North Platte.
The front seat passenger, a 13-year-old boy from North Platte, had “very serious injuries.” The passenger was first taken to Great Plains Health and later to Omaha for treatment, the sheriff’s office said.
The rear passenger was a 12-year-old girl with critical life-threatening injuries. She was also taken to Great Plains Health and then moved to Omaha for more treatment.
The sheriff said that accident reconstructionists were summoned to document the wreck. The cause remained under investigation as of early Tuesday afternoon. Drugs and alcohol were not a factor, the sheriff said.
The sheriff’s office did not release the names and genders of the teenagers. However, in a post to the sheriff’s social media, Tommy Smith of North Platte wrote, “Please pray our baby boy (12) and his buddy! And buddies sister!!”
Fifty people quickly responded, posting images of hands folded in prayer.
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