Friday June 1, 2012 8:08 pm
Three adults were killed and eight members of the Broken Bow High School boys basketball team were transported to area hospitals after a crash Friday afternoon involving a Broken Bow Public School van and a pickup truck one mile west of Ansley on Highway 2.
Capt. Jim Parish of Nebraska State Patrol confirmed that the van’s driver, 38-year-old Zane Harvey of Broken Bow, and front seat passenger, 24-year-old Anthony Blum of Broken Bow, were killed in the crash, as was the driver of the pickup, 70-year-old Albert Sherbeck of Ansley.
According to the State Patrol, preliminary investigation indicates the eastbound pickup crossed left of center and struck the westbound 2009 Ford Econoline Van shortly before 4 p.m.
Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney treated five patients involved in the crash; three were in fair condition and two were in critical condition, according to a Good Samaritan press release issued Friday evening.
One patient was in critical condition at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island Friday evening. Sister newspaper The Kearney Hub reports that Jennie Melham Memorial Health Care Center in Broken Bow treated and released two students.
“It was a horrible accident,” Broken Bow Superintendent Virginia Moon said at a press conference Friday evening at Good Samaritan Hospital. “It will impact the community for a long time to come.”
Blum was head coach and Harvey was assistant coach for the Broken Bow High School boys basketball team. Broken Bow school board member Dave Glendy confirmed the students were headed back to Broken Bow from a boys basketball clinic in Kearney.
Harvey received his degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1996 and was also a math teacher, head boys golf coach and assistant football coach at Broken Bow High School. He graduated from high school in Stapleton in 1992.
Blum attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and was serving his first season as head boys basketball coach. He was previously an assistant basketball coach at Lincoln High School. He graduated from high school in Minden in 2006.
Blum was a first-year teacher and Harvey had been with the district for 14 years.
“Both will be sorely missed,” Moon said.
She said the community was rallying around the victims. Many parents and community members had gathered at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Other members of the community were at the hospitals in Grand Island and Broken Bow where the other victims were taken and counselors were at the schools.
“I think the outpouring of interest and concern and grief have been incredibly large, as you would expect from a small community and with people who are so involved,” Moon said.
Jaden Garey, a basketball player who will be a junior, narrowly avoided involvement in the accident because his father, Brian Garey, who lives in Kearney, met him at Sonic after the camp and drove him home.
Garey had mixed emotions. He said he was thankful Jaden wasn’t hurt.
“Yet, you put yourself in right in the place of those other parents,” he said.
Jaden’s stepbrother, Grayson Minnick, was in the van.
“He was the only one who had a phone and could call,” Garey said.
Grayson was treated for his injuries and released.
The school made calls with its automatic calling system to let parents know about the situation and will provide parents with advice about how to handle grieving.
“When there’s a death in the school community, we’re not always aware of how far and how deep that affects the students and parents because we all grieve in different ways,” Moon said.
In this situation, much of the grief counseling also will be done with staff because two staff members died and the staff themselves will need counseling, she said. She added that the school’s job will be more difficult because students aren’t in classes.
“This can never happen at a good time, but when students are out of school … it’s harder to get them together, and it’s harder to know which one needs a counselor,” Moon said. “It’s important that parents watch for changes in behavior. Those are the most important things.”
The Nebraska State Patrol, the Custer County Sheriff’s Department and rescue personnel from Ansley, Broken Bow, Mason City and Merna were involved at the scene. AirCare and a Good Samaritan ambulance were dispatched to the scene.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
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his path of destiny = 46 = So young.
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