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LSO identifies man killed after crashing stolen semi

Nebraska State Patrol arrives on scene after the stolen vehicle it was pursuing was involved in a crash, killing the driver.
Nebraska State Patrol arrives on scene after the stolen vehicle it was pursuing was involved in a crash, killing the driver.(10/11 NOW)
Published: Oct. 14, 2020 at 1:54 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2020 at 9:55 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man killed in a crash between a semi and dump truck Wednesday.

LSO said Zackery Stearns, 37, of Lincoln, died after running a stop sign and crashing a stolen Peterbuilt semi into a trailer being pulled by the dump truck at the intersection of 148th and Van Dorn.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, NSP received information about the stolen semi-tractor that was traveling eastbound on Van Dorn, east of Lincoln. According to NSP, a trooper observed the vehicle traveling eastbound near 112th and Van Dorn. The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled, traveling at 80 miles per hour on the gravel road.

Following the crash, the trooper called for emergency medical personnel. Stearns was found dead at the scene. The driver of the other semi-tractor was not injured.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was asked to investigate the fatality crash.

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