UPDATE: One dead after serious crash in Grand Island

Police say this Dodge Challenger was stolen at the time it crashed (NTV News)

Update: One person is dead after a serious accident on Highway 281 Wednesday morning, according to Grand Island Police.

GIPD Captain Jim Duering said they're investigating a three-vehicle crash near the intersection of Highway 281 and Old Potash Highway.

Duering said it happened when the driver of a silver Dodge Challenger, reported stolen Wednesday morning, ran a red light.

"There is one confirmed fatality who we believe to be the driver of the stolen vehicle. At least one other person was transported to the St. Francis Emergency Room by ambulance," said Duering in a statement.

The chief deputy Hall County Attorney was on scene, acting as coroner. Employees of a local funeral home were also present.

Highway 281 reopened just before 9:45 a.m. after hours of being closed.


Grand Island Police had said the Highway 281 and Old Potash Highway intersection could be closed until noon on Wednesday.

Detours sent southbound traffic on Highway 281 to Diers Ave. at Faidley and northbound traffic to Webb Rd. at Highway 30 or Old Potash.

"There were no police personnel or police vehicles directly involved in the collision, although the color scheme of the stolen vehicle caused some confusion in this regard," said the GIPD statement.

The Nebraska State Patrol will lead the ongoing investigation.

Check back for more on this developing story.


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