NORFOLK – A tragic accident north of Norfolk has taken two lives Thursday afternoon and one of the victims is a small child. According to the Nebraska State Patrol, just before 1:00 p.m. Thursday, a northbound Buick SUV was attempting to turn west onto Highway 13 into Hadar when it was struck by a southbound semi.
The driver of the Buick was pronounced dead at the scene. There were three small children in that SUV. Two of the children were transported to Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk and the third was flown from the scene to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. One of the children taken to the Norfolk hospital later died from injuries sustained in the crash.
The driver of the semi was transported to Norfolk as well, with non-life-threatening conditions. Names and additional details regarding age and gender will be released following notification of next of kin. The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating the crash.
The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) was able to release the names Friday morning of those involved in a fatal crash in Pierce County Thursday afternoon.
Rebecca Fischer, 36, of Plainview was the driver of the Buick Enclave. She attempted to turn from the northbound lanes of Highway 81 onto westbound Highway 13, but was struck by a southbound semi.
Fischer was pronounced deceased at the scene. Three children were also in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Two of the children, Lium Fischer, 4, and Scarlett Fischer, 5, were taken to Faith Regional hospital in Norfolk. The third child, Lara Fischer, 2, was flown to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Lium Fischer passed away at the hospital. The two girls are both expected to survive.
The driver of the semi, Tanner Albus, 26, of Decatur, was also transported to Faith Regional hospital in Norfolk, with non-life-threatening conditions.
NSP continues to investigate the crash.