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Couple killed, baby survives crash in southwestern Nebraska

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Posted at 1:20 PM, Apr 27, 2021

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Nebraska say a Sidney couple has died in a two-vehicle crash involving a semitrailer that left their one-year-old baby hospitalized.

The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports that the crash happened Friday in Cheyenne County when a small sport utility vehicle driven by 51-year-old Brian Lee Johnson ran a stop sign at a rural intersection and hit a trailer being pulled by a semi. Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub says Johnson and his wife, 24-year-old Catherine Noquera Johnson, died in the crash.

First responders had to use equipment to remove the couple's baby from the wreckage. The baby was first taken to a Sidney hospital, then flown to Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. Her medical conditional was not released.

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