Law enforcement investigating fatal car crash near Mead


MEAD, Nebraska, (KNOP)- The Saunders County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol investigated a fatality accident one and a half miles west of Mead, Nebraska on Highway 92 at 7 p.m. Sunday.

According to Kevin L. Stukenholtz with the Saunders County Sheriff's Office, a semi- tractor trailer driven by James T. Cooler age 53 of Smithland, Iowa was westbound on Highway 92.

An eastbound pickup truck lost control and was struck broadside. The passenger in the pickup truck was pronounced dead at the Saunders County Medical Center.

A third pickup truck was eastbound and collided with the first eastbound pickup and sustained only minor damage.

The names of the driver and passenger are being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Alcohol was not suspected as a contributing factor, it is not known at this time if seatbelts were in use.