Couple killed, baby survives crash in southwestern Nebraska


SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) — A southwestern Nebraska couple has died in a two vehicle crash involving a semitrailer that left their 1-year-old baby hospitalized, authorities there said.

The crash happened Friday in Cheyenne County, the Scottsbluff Star-Herald reported. Investigators said that a small sport utility vehicle driven by Brian Lee Johnson, 51, of Sidney, ran a stop sign at a rural intersection and hit a trailer being pulled by a semi.

Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub said Johnson and his wife, 24-year-old Catherine Noquera Johnson, died in the crash.

First responders had to use equipment to remove the couple’s baby from the wreckage. The baby was taken first to a Sidney hospital, then flown to Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. Her medical conditional was not released.

The crash remains under investigation.


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