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Crash near Central City leaves one person dead, one critically injured

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A two-vehicle crash just south of Central City in east-central Nebraska left one person dead and another with life-threatening injuries. 

First responders were called to the intersection of Nebraska Highway 14 and L Road about 7:45 a.m., according to the Merrick County Sheriff’s Office. 

Investigators determined that a 2016 Jeep Patriot driven by Roger Campbell, 81, of Stromsburg, was northbound on Highway 14 when Campbell attempted to make a left turn onto L Road. The Jeep collided with a southbound 2008 Nissan Frontier pickup truck driven by Laura Messenger, 61, of Central City.

Campbell, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Messenger, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to a local hospital and then flown to Lincoln with life-threatening injuries.  

Central City is about 22 miles northeast of Grand Island. 

kevin.cole@owh.com, 402-444-1272

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