UNL professor killed in southern Minnesota crash

David R. Swanson (Source: UNL)
David R. Swanson (Source: UNL)(KOLNKGIN)
Published: Aug. 12, 2019 at 7:19 PM CDT
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A director and research professor at the University of Nebraska Lincoln is dead after a crash in Renville County Sunday morning just after 11:30 a.m.

53-year-old David R. Swanson of Nebraska and 88-year-old Anna M. Jansen of Minnesota were killed eight miles south of Danube in Henryville Township.

According to UNL, Swanson was the director of the Holland Computer Center since 2005 and research professor in computer science and engineering. Swanson's research focused on scientific and high performance computing along with cluster and grid computing.

“Words cannot adequately describe the immensity of this tragedy and loss,” Chancellor Ronnie Green said

. “While we have lost a dedicated and talented colleague and friend, I cannot even begin to imagine the pain and depth of loss for the Swanson family. Please keep them in your thoughts.”

Swanson's vehicle was carrying four other passengers. Renville County Sheriff’s Office says Jansen failed to stop at a stop sign on County Road 4. Both vehicles collided and overturned in the ditch. The drivers of both vehicles were pronounced dead at the scene.

53-year old Ronda L. Swanson was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center with critical injuries while the others were brought to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

10/11 NOW spoke with the family's pastor at Heritage Bible Church in Lincoln. He said Ronda Swanson is in stable condition in a Minnesota hospital, but has extensive injuries.

Friends and family of Swanson have set up an account at Union Bank & Trust for donations. People wanting to donate can visit any Union Bank and donate to David & Ronda Swanson's family.

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