Fatal Crash in Crete Claims Two Lives

Police in southeastern Nebraska say two people have died in a head-on crash in Crete.

The crash happened Wednesday afternoon on the north side of Crete. Police in Crete say 57-year-old Clarence Patzloff and 85-year-old Janice Silva, both of Milligan, died when the westbound car they were in crossed into the eastbound lane and hit a pickup truck on Nebraska Highway 33.

The driver of the truck, a 55-year-old Omaha man, was flown to a Lincoln hospital with serious injuries.

Crete Police Chief Steve Hensel said investigators aren’t sure yet why the car veered into the oncoming lane.

The investigation is ongoing.

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