Fatal Accident Claims Life of Sandy Creek Student

A fatal traffic accident occurred in Clay County Friday night involving four Sandy Creek students, on Highway 74 about one mile east of the Highway 14 intersection.

Clay County Sheriff Jeff Franklin has reported that 18-year-old Casie L. Gibbs of Clay Center was killed in the wreck.

One of the other students - a juvenile whose name was not released - was transported to Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings and has since been flown to another facility for more critical care. The other two students have been treated and released.

The accident occurred at 8:16 p.m. on Friday, when an eastbound pickup truck driven by Kenneth J. Schuck, 50, of Edgar struck the broadside of the car containing the students, traveling northbound on Road O. Based on preliminary investigation results, Sheriff Franklin said that Gibbs appeared to be the driver of the car.

Seat belts were not used in either vehicle.

Schuck was also treated and released following the accident.

The Nebraska State Patrol is assisting the Clay County Sheriff's Department and is conducting a full reconstruction of the accident. Results are estimated to take a couple of weeks to be returned.

Per Nebraska state statue, when a fatal accident occurs, drivers are tested for any substances in their systems. Clay County Attorney Ted Griess has also ordered an autopsy for Gibbs.

Sheriff Franklin also indicated that any charges that may or may not be filed as a result of the accident will be the responsibility of Griess. Franklin added that he assumes there will be a lot more going on in this case.

Highway 74 was closed last night, but has been reopened early this morning.

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