Update: Names Released In Fatal Accident On Highway 30
On Sunday, September 11, 2022 at approximately 6:50 pm emergency crews were detailed to the area 1/2 mile east of Gunbarrel Road on US Highway 30 in rural Merrick County to respond to a three vehicle accident.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews it was determined that there were two fatalities. In addition, there were four individuals transported to CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island with non life threatening injuries.
This accident is still under investigation by the Merrick County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol's advanced accident reconstruction team.
The individuals who tragically lost their life were identified as 18 year old, Belgrade, Nebraska, resident Brady Buechter and 39 year old, Columbus, Nebraska resident, Dustin Geier. Immediate family has been notified and names are being released with permission from the next of kin.
Seatbelts were not in use by Buechter, all others were properly restrained. Neither drugs or alcohol are a contributing factor in this accident.
The Merrick County Sheriff's Office is not releasing any more details regarding this accident at this time. On behalf of all emergency personnel on scene we wish to extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected by this incident. We ask that the public respect the privacy of those involved and their families.
The Merrick County Sheriff's Office was assisted on Scene by the Hall County Sheriff's Office, the Nebraska State Patrol, Grand Island Rural Fire Department, Grand Island EMS, Lone Tree Towing, and the Nebraska Department of Roads.