Survivor identified in Highway 10 crash; autopsy pending on deceased driver


    Authorities have identified one man who survived a head-on crash Sunday morning near the Minden Interstate 80 exit.

    The Buffalo County Sheriff's Office said Gary R. Lea, age 32, of rural Kearney, was driving southbound in a 2004 Chevrolet pickup during the collision with a northbound 1993 Chevrolet pickup at around 4:45 a.m. Sunday on the Platte River bridge on Highway 10.

    BCSO said both vehicles were totaled, and there were no passengers in either vehicle.

    Police said the collision caused a fire to the northbound vehicle.

    Authorities said Lea was transported from the scene to CHI-Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney with injuries.

    The driver of the northbound pickup truck died at the scene of crash. The identity of that individual has not been confirmed, but an autopsy has been ordered.

    The area of the Platte River bridge on Highway 10 was closed for several hours during the investigation.

    Kearney Police Department, Kearney Volunteer Fire Department, the Nebraska Department of Transportation, CHI Good Samaritan paramedics and the Buffalo County Attorney's Office were all on scene.

    The investigation remains ongoing.

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