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A Norfolk man died in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 81 north of Madison on Wednesday.

About 4:15 p.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene of the crash, which happened on Highway 81 between 832nd and 833rd roads, about 5 miles north of Madison and 10 miles south of Norfolk. The collision occurred in the northbound lanes of the highway.

Investigator Jon Downey with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that an SUV driven by 37-year-old Julio Cesar Hernandez of Madison had stalled and was parked diagonally along the northbound lanes of Highway 81. 

A second vehicle stopped near Hernandez’s SUV to assist Hernandez, Downey said. A passenger in the assisting vehicle, 61-year-old Roger Beard of Norfolk, exited the second vehicle to provide help. 

As Beard was standing near Hernandez’s vehicle, Downey said, a third vehicle driven by 24-year-old Jose Lombana struck the right rear portion of Hernandez’s vehicle, impacting Beard and killing him instantly. 

Hernandez’s vehicle rolled over, pinning Hernandez. Passersby stopped and rolled the vehicle off Hernandez and onto its wheels.

Hernandez was transported by Norfolk Fire and Rescue to Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk. Lombana was airlifted to a hospital in Sioux City, Iowa, Downey said. 

The Nebraska State Patrol, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Madison Police Department, Norfolk Fire and Rescue and Madison Fire and Rescue all responded to the scene. The State Patrol is investigating the accident. 

Law enforcement was diverting traffic at 832nd and 833rd roads, and northbound vehicles near the accident scene were being directed across the Highway 81 median and away from the area using the southbound lanes. Southbound traffic reopened about 5:15 p.m., and northbound traffic was reopened about 6:15 p.m.

Story was updated at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday with details of the crash and identities of the people involved in the accident. 

Details as of 6:15 p.m. Wednesday:

One person died in a multiple-vehicle crash on Highway 81 north of Madison on Wednesday.

Shortly after 4 p.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene of the crash, which happened on Highway 81 between 832nd and 833rd roads, about 5 miles north of Madison and 10 miles south of Norfolk. The collision occurred in the northbound lanes of the highway.

The Nebraska State Patrol, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Madison Police Department, Norfolk Fire and Rescue and Madison Fire and Rescue all responded to the scene.

Investigator Jon Downey with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office told the Daily News that the identities of those involved in the crash would be released at a later time. In addition to the fatality, multiple additional people were injured, including one patient who was transported by LifeNet helicopter to a Sioux City hospital.

Law enforcement was diverting traffic at 832nd and 833rd roads, and northbound vehicles near the accident scene were being directed across the Highway 81 median and away from the area using the southbound lanes. Southbound traffic reopened about 5:15 p.m.

The LifeNet helicopter arrived at the scene about 4:40 p.m. and departed the area with a patient about 5 p.m. Another patient was transported to Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

Several first responders were still at the scene as of 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Original story was posted at 5:06 p.m. Wednesday.

Personnel from multiple law enforcement and rescue agencies are working the scene of an injury accident involving multiple vehicles on Highway 81 near Madison on Wednesday.

Shortly after 4 p.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene of the crash, which is on Highway 81 between 832nd and 833rd roads. The collision happened in the northbound lanes of Highway 81.

The Nebraska State Patrol, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Madison Police Department, Norfolk Fire and Rescue and Madison Fire and Rescue all responded to the scene.

Law enforcement was diverting traffic at 832nd and 833rd roads, and northbound vehicles near the accident scene were being directed across the Highway 81 median and away from the area using the southbound lanes.

A LifeNet medical helicopter arrived at the scene about 4:40 p.m. and departed the area with a patient about 5 p.m. Another patient was transported to Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

The Daily News will provide updates as they are made available.


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