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Motorcyclist killed in 4-vehicle crash on Highway 75

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Posted at 5:22 PM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 14:35:08-04

SARPY COUNTY, Neb. (KMTV) — Sarpy County deputies say a motorcyclist is dead following a 4-vehicle crash on southbound Highway 75 south of Highway 34 around 4:30 p.m.

When all four vehicles approached the Highway 34 overpass, the motorcycle collided with a minivan, according to a news release.

The wreck led to a second collision between a work van and a pickup. The sheriff says those two vehicles were trailing the motorcycle and mini-van before the collision.

The driver and passengers of the pickup went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies at the scene confirm two children went to Nebraska Medicine as a precaution.

The drivers of the work van and mini-van also went to the hospital to be checked out.

All of the drivers will undergo alcohol and drug testing.

The sheriff's office isn't releasing names of anyone involved at this time.

Officials are gathering witness statements and doing accident reconstruction.

The cause remains under investigation.

Highway 75 will reopen by 9:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Update 8/14/19:

Police have released the names of the parties involved in the accident.

The fatally-injured-motorcycle rider has been identified as 47-year-old Jody A. Emmert of Bellevue.

The minivan driver has been identified as 35-year-old Michael D. Burch of Glenwood Iowa.

The driver of the work truck has been identified as 42-year-old Keith Jones of Omaha.

The driver of the the pickup has been identified as 42-year-old Stephanie Orr of Plattsmouth.

No additional information on what led to the wreck has been provided.

Original story:

A crash in the area of Highway 75 and Highway 34 in Sarpy County has turned deadly, according to law enforcement at the scene.

The wreck has been forcing traffic to divert to Fairview Road, according to Nebraska Department of Transportation.

As this happened just before rush hour, a long line of cars on the highway is visible from Capehart Road.

3 News Now has a crew at the scene and will bring you the latest as it becomes available.