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Two people dead following Saturday crash on West Center Road

Posted at 9:49 AM, May 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-12 15:05:51-04

5/12/21 UPDATE:

VALLEY, Neb. (AP) — Investigators have identified a 19-year-old man who was one of two people killed in a fiery head-on crash southwest of Omaha over the weekend.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says 19-year-old Landen Montanio, of Yutan, died along with 58-year-old Charles Miller, also of Yutan.

Investigators say Miller was driving a van Saturday afternoon that was eastbound on West Center Road when he tried to pass another vehicle and hit Montanio's westbound truck.

Officials say one of the vehicles then caught fire. Two passengers in the truck were injured and taken to an Omaha hospital.


The Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) has identified the driver of a van that was involved in a fatal wreck. Two passengers involved in the wreck have also been identified.

The identified parties include:

  • Miller, Charles H. (58),Yutan, NE: Driver of Van, Deceased Party
  • MALY, Samuel, (20), Weston, NE: Passenger of Truck, Injured Party
  • FITTRO, Dylan, (18), Weston, NE: Passenger of Truck, Injured Party

The DCSO is still attempting to identify the rider from the pickup truck who died at the scene.

Previous story:

Two people died and two others were hurt in a fiery crash about 7 miles south of Valley in eastern Nebraska Saturday.

Chief Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Wayne Hudson said an eastbound van collided with a westbound truck around 4 p.m. Saturday on West Center Road near the Platte River, and one of the vehicles caught fire.

Officials said it’s not immediately clear what caused the crash.

The two injured people were taken to an Omaha hospital. The names of the people who died in the crash were not immediately available.

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