Three people died Thursday morning in a fiery car crash on an overpass near Maxwell. The slick road is blamed for the wreck. An eastbound Kia Sportage slid sideways on the U.S. Highway 30 overpass near Maxwell, right into the path of an oncoming westbound vehicle.
Both cars burst into flames on impact.
Both students in the eastbound car were killed. They were headed to school in Brady. The driver was Conner Gentry, 14, who had a school permit. His brother Colton, 10, was riding with him.
Elaine Grasz, 45, died in the passenger seat of the westbound Chevrolet Lumina, Lincoln County Chief Deputry Roland Kramer said. She and her husband Terry, 46, were apparently coming from Brady, headed to work in North Platte.
A motorist who came upon the wreck helped Terry Grasz escape the burning wreckage. He is severely injured and badly burned, and taken to Great Plains Regional Medical Center and then flown by helicopter to Bryan Memorial medical center in Lincoln.
Three inches of wet snow fell in the area overnight. Temperatures were slightly below freezing when the wreck occured around 7:20 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Both vehicles appeared to be traveling below or at highway speed, according to a Lincoln County Sheriff's statement. Alcohol was not a factor. At this time it’s unknown if seatbelts were in use.
The cause of the accident was icy roads, the statement said.