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3 victims' identities released in deadly crash in Gibbon

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Posted at 2:50 PM, Sep 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-29 15:54:23-04

The Nebraska State Patrol has released the names of the three people killed in a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 80 near Gibbon last week. 

NSP officials say the crash, which occurred about a mile east of the Gibbon exit, claimed the lives of 73-year-old Donald S. Cox of Columbia, Tenn., 20-year-old Tanner Allen of Imperial and 22-year-old Christopher W. Bieber of Holyoke, Colorado. 

Officials say Cox was the driver of an eastbound semi- trailer truck. Allen was the driver of a 1989 Chevy pickup and Bieber was a passenger in the pickup.

“This was a horrific accident and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of everyone involved,” said Captain Chris Kolb, Commander Troop C- Grand Island. “We want to thank our law enforcement, fire and rescue partners for their assistance.”

A Cater Lake couple was also involved in the crash.  60-year-old Terry Purcell, and his wife Lisa Purcell were both transported by ambulance to CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney with non-life threatening injuries