UPDATE: Names released of three killed in accident near Ansley
A two vehicle crash on Highway 2 in Custer County has claimed the life of three Custer County men and sent eight Broken Bow High School students to area hospitals.The crash occurred just before 4:00 p.m., Friday, June 1, one mile west of Ansley on Highway 2 in Custer County. Troopers say the preliminary investigation indicates a pickup truck driven by Albert Sherbeck, 70, Ansley was traveling east on Highway 2 when it crossed the center line and struck a westbound 2009 Ford Econoline van driven by Zane Harvey, 38, Broken Bow. Sherbeck and Harvey along with Anthony Blum, 24, Broken Bow were killed in crash. Blum was a front seat passenger in the van.The van registered to the Broken Bow Public Schools was returning from a basketball clinic in Kearney when the crash occurred. Eight Broken Bow students, all male members of the High School Basketball team, were transported to area hospitals. A ninth member of the team, originally believed to be in the van rode home with a family member.Harvey and Blum were both coaches at Broken Bow High School.The cause of the crash remains under investigation. ANSLEY - - Three people have been killed and nine others transported in a crash involving a Broken Bow Public School van and a pick-up truck.The crash occurred just before 4:00 p.m., Friday, June 1, about one mile west of Ansley on Highway 2. Troopers say the preliminary investigation indicates a pick-up traveling east on Highway 2 crossed left of center and struck a westbound 2009 Ford Econoline Van, registered to Broken Bow Public Schools. The male driver of the pick-up was killed, as were the male driver and male front seat passenger in the school van. The names of those killed are being withheld pending notification of family. Nine students in the van were transported to area hospitals, extent of injuries unknown at this time. The Nebraska State Patrol is being assisted at the scene of the crash by the Custer County Sheriff's Office, as well as rescue personnel from Ansley, Broken Bow, Mason City and Merna. Broken Bow Elementary School Principal Kim Jonas has informed us that a crisis team is currently meeting at the Broken Bow High School cafeteria. According to Mike Steckler, administrator of Jennie Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow, five patients were brought in to that facility. Two of them were treated and released, one was airlifted to Grand Island St. Francis, and two were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Steckler says none of the injured were admitted to JMMMC. Good Samaritan is reporting that five patients are being cared for there. Two of them are currently listed in fair condition, two in critical condition and one whose condition is unknown. More details will appear when they become available.