An accident last Wednesday morning in Omaha, Nebraska, temporarily closed a highway, sent six people to the hospital and claimed the lives of two children. The accident is still under investigation and details are sketchy, but authorities report that the crash involved four vehicles altogether.
One of the two children who died was a 10-year-old boy, the other a 16-year-old girl. Both were public school students in Omaha. In response, the school district released a statement expressing condolences to the family and confirming that crisis teams would be available to students and staff affected by the news.
According to preliminary investigation results, a 37-year-old woman was transporting four children in a minivan when a dump truck reportedly rear-ended her vehicle at the intersection of Highway 370 and 192nd Street. Along with the other two children in the minivan, as well as the driver, the 16-year-old girl required transportation to the hospital, where she later died. The 10-year-old boy reportedly succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
Though details are not available about the other two vehicles reportedly involved in the crash, authorities affirm that three other people besides the occupants of the minivan went to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Information about the current conditions of the survivors is not available pending notification of family members. It is unknown whether the dump truck driver was among the injured.
Loss of life or serious injury can result from motor vehicle accidents, and victims have the right to seek compensation. Injured parties and families may find it helpful to consult with a personal injury attorney.