SARPY COUNTY, Neb. (KMTV) — The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office is investigating a crash that happened around 11:30 Monday night.
Captain Chris Culler with the sheriff's office said it appeared a Ford Fusion was heading East on Platteview Road approaching 180th Street. He said that is when the car went off the road, hit a guardrail and ended up in a ravine.
When deputies arrived at the scene the car was on fire with five people inside. All believed to be 15 to 16 years old. Four people were pronounced dead at the scene and one was taken to the hospital with burns.
It is unclear whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.
The names of the victims have not yet been released.
This is a developing story. Stay with us for updates.
Gretna Public Schools shared this email that went out to parents:
The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office has released the following statement regarding the crash:
The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating a tragic vehicle crash near 180th Street and Platteview Road on June 17, 2019. Our deepest condolences go out to the Gretna community, especially to the families and friends who lost loved ones.
We certainly understand the media requests for further information about the crash. However, we are obligated to conduct a thorough investigation, properly identify the deceased, and notify their families in a dignified manner. Until these steps are taken, no additional information will be released by the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office or the Gretna Public Schools. At a later date, the Sheriff’s Office and the Gretna Public Schools will hold a joint press conference to provide more information. An announcement about the press conference will be forthcoming.
Greg London, Chief Deputy
There has been an outpouring of community support:
All of us at PLSHS are thinking of our friends in Gretna today. We are sorry for your loss. We 💚 the dragons!— Papillion LV South (@PLSHSTitans) June 18, 2019
Due to the loss in our Gretna community, all Gretna games are cancelled today. The high school is open with counselors and teachers for anyone needing help or just to be around others. Please pray for the families and friends of the girls.— Gretna Baseball (@gretnabaseball) June 18, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with the community and school system of Gretna after last night's vehicle crash that killed several Gretna High School students.— Mike Lucas (@Lucas4westside) June 18, 2019
Our hearts go out to the Gretna community today. Prayers and thoughts to all of you.— Millard South HS (@m_south_hs) June 18, 2019
We are heartbroken by the devastating news involving a fatal car accident near Gretna last night.— Gretna Soccer Club (@GretnaSoccer) June 18, 2019
Our hearts go out to the families of those involved in the accident. We send our thoughts and prayers to you.
Sending thoughts and prayers to the entire Gretna community as they go through a very difficult time. The SkyHawks are with you and we are truly sorry for your loss.— Skutt Catholic VB (@SkuttCatholicVB) June 18, 2019
When any of our students or families in the Metro area hurt we all share in the grief! Today, the entire Ralston Community is lifting up our friends in Gretna with thoughts, prayers, and any support we can provide!— Dr. Mark Adler (@drmadler) June 18, 2019
A few people have reached out to me regarding our players who attend Gretna. Although our players are safe, our hearts are heavy for those affected. Please keep your thoughts to the Gretna community as they move through this tragedy. @GretnaSoftball— Fury Gold 16U-Schaefer (@FuryGold16U) June 18, 2019
So much sadness, compassion, and love to our friends in Gretna. Words are never enough to take away any pain, but they are there nonetheless. Prayers for all of the families and friends, and the entire Gretna community. Much love to you, Waverly Volleyball. ❤️— Waverly Viking Volleyball (@VikesVB) June 18, 2019
Struggling to even find the words...— Bennington Football (@Badger_FB) June 18, 2019
Our hearts and our thoughts are with you, Gretna.
Sending our thoughts and support to the Gretna families during this difficult time.— Elkhorn Soccer Club (@ElkhornSoccer) June 18, 2019
Our hearts go out to the Gretna community. Sending our love and prayers from our family to yours. 💚— Millard West Cheer (@mwcheer__) June 18, 2019
Thinking about the Gretna community during this tough time. Prayers to all of the families. 🙏🏻— Elkhorn Girl’s Basketball (@elkhornGBB) June 18, 2019
If you have a moment today please join us in sending some thoughts and prayers to the community of Gretna and everyone who has been impacted by this tragic event. 💚 you never know what tomorrow will bring... so hug your loved ones a little longer tonight.— BEastSB (@BEChieftainsSB) June 18, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gretna community today.— MSPatriotsFootball (@MsPatriots) June 18, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gretna community and all that have been struck by this tragic event! 🙏🏼💚— Titan Softball (@PLSTitansSB) June 18, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers for the Gretna community. 🙏🙏🙏— BurkeBulldogSoftball (@BurkeBulldog) June 18, 2019
The Mercy cross country team and the Mercy community extends our deepest sympathies to Gretna high school and the Gretna community over the devastating loss of four students. May God be with all of you during this most difficult time. #weareallgretnadragons pic.twitter.com/gLpuKn8smf— Mercy High-Mr Beran (@psb119) June 18, 2019
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Gretna community today and in the future dealing with such a tragic loss. 💙— Lakeview Softball (@ViqueenSBall) June 18, 2019
On behalf of the entire PrimeTime family we would like to send our thoughts and prayers to those in the Gretna community affected by the tragic accident.— PrimeTime Sports (@PrimeTimeSG) June 18, 2019
The St. Cecilia Cathedral family sends prayers and love to the Gretna community. May God hold you in His loving and healing arms 💚— St. Cecilia School (@StCeciliaOMA) June 18, 2019
Please pray for the community of Gretna as they deal with this terrible loss. 🙏🏻— AC Boy's Basketball (@CoachZFoster) June 18, 2019
Never take life for granted and always express your love to those you hold dear. Thinking of the Gretna community and families suffering today.— Millard West Swim (@MWestSwim) June 18, 2019
Thoughts and prayers from all of us at Wayne Community Schools to the Gretna community for their tragic loss.— Mark Lenihan (@MarkLenihan61) June 18, 2019
It has been a tragic week for Gretna after a fatal accident took the life of four Gretna High School students and left one with serious injuries late last night. Resources are available for students at GHS. You are in our thoughts. pic.twitter.com/r2JjasOq0b— Gretna Fire & EMS (@GretnaEMS) June 18, 2019
The Hastings High volleyball team is sending our love and thoughts towards the entire Gretna community, friends, family, & loved ones.— HHS VOLLEYBALL (@hastingshsvball) June 18, 2019
Our district and community mourns with our neighbors in Gretna over the loss of teenagers in the tragic traffic accident last night.— Springfield PV (@SpringfieldPV) June 18, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, staff, and families affected by this tragic loss in Gretna 💚💛💚— Burke Cheer (@OmahaBurkeCheer) June 18, 2019
Thoughts and prayers go out to the friends, families and entire Gretna community.— Ralston Baseball (@BaseballRalston) June 18, 2019
Thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences to the community of Gretna, GHS students and staff and especially to the families of those affected and lost. Our hearts are with you in this time of loss.— Lady Lion Basketball (@ladyliongbb) June 18, 2019
Life is precious, our hearts go out to the Gretna Public Schools and community today prayers and thoughts to all of you.— MillardSouthAquatics (@AquaPats) June 18, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gretna community during this difficult time.— Elkhorn Swim & Dive Team (@StorminAntlers) June 18, 2019
The most difficult challenge I’ve faced as an educator is the loss of a student. My heart goes out to everyone in the Gretna community.— Sam Stecher (@samMMstecher) June 18, 2019