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Seven people were killed in five separate crashes on eastern Nebraska roads from Friday-Monday, prompting the Nebraska State Patrol to remind motorists to be extra careful this summer.

Five fatal crashes occurred in Lancaster, Cass, Cuming, Douglas and Madison counties from Friday-Monday, July 12-15, Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said.

The seven deaths bring the number of fatalities on state roadways to 107 this year, six more deaths than the same date in 2012.

Motorists are reminded to obey the posted speed limit, always wear their seat belt and never drive impaired or distracted.

One car was involved in a wreck in Lancaster County and one person was killed, according to the Lincoln Police Department.

In Cass County, two vehicles collided and two people died, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

In Cuming County, two vehicles crashed and one person died, according to the Cuming County Sheriff’s Office.

In Douglas County, one car wrecked and two people died, the Omaha Police Department said. And, in Madison County, one vehicle wrecked and one person died, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said.

“We are in the heart of the summer travel season, and it is a very busy time,” said Col. David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. "We must all share the road. It is vital when we get behind the wheel that we choose to make safety our top priority.”

The NSP encourages all travelers to plan ahead, allowing plenty of time to reach their destination. Motorists can report impaired or reckless drivers by dialing the NSP Highway Helpline at *55 when safe to do so from any cellular phone, or 1-800-525-5555 from any landline.

Travelers wanting to check the latest road and weather condition report can utilize 511, the Nebraska Automated Traveler Information System.

The 511 system can be accessed via the internet at www.511.nebraska.gov, or the Mobile Traveler Site at http://www.ndortraveler.mobi or by dialing 511 (800-906-9069).

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/15/2013
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