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Teen, two minors killed in two-vehicle accident north of Wahoo, NE

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WAHOO, Neb. (KTIV) - Authorities have identified a third vehicle that they say was present during an eastern Nebraska crash that killed three siblings.

The crash happened north of Wahoo at the intersection of Highway 77 and Highway 109 when a Pontiac Grand Am was hit by a pickup carrying three siblings, all under the age of 19. The NSP requested assistance identifying a third vehicle that they initially believed stopped at the intersection just before the crash.

After interviewing several witnesses and the driver of the third vehicle, they believe they were not a contributing factor to the crash. Authorities say the driver contacted authorities themselves.

The Nebraska State Patrol says the driver was in a Ford Escape traveling eastbound Highway 77, and had slowed down at the intersection after noticing the Pontiac proceeded into the intersection after stopping at the stop sign on Highway 109. Highway 77 traffic has the right of way at that intersection.

The Escape was able to stop in time to avoid a collision, but the Dodge Ram Pickup collided with the Pontiac. All three occupants of the Pontiac, 18-year-old Monica Chohon, 11-year-old James Chohon and 7-year-old Andrew Chohon, all of Wahoo, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The NSP says the driver of the Escape noticed several witnesses stop to assist and made sure 911 had been called before departing the scene.

The investigation into the crash remains ongoing.


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WAHOO, Neb. (KTIV) - Authorities are investigating a crash in eastern Nebraska that resulted in three people, all under the age of 19, dying.

The Nebraska State Patrol says at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, deputies with the Saunders County Sheriff's Office requested help at a two-vehicle crash with multiple fatalities reported. The crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 77 and Highway 109, north of Wahoo.

The preliminary investigation indicates a Pontiac Grand Am, driven by 18-year-old Monica Chohon of Wahoo, was traveling southbound on Highway 109 and stopped at the intersection's stop sign. The Pontiac then tried to go through the intersection, but was struck by an eastbound Dodge Ram that was traveling on Highway 77.

Highway 77 traffic has the right of way at the intersection.

The collision caused the Pontiac to roll into a ditch at the intersection. The NSP says all three occupants of the Pontiac, Monica Chohon, 11-year-old James Chohon and 7-year-old Andrew Chohon, all of Wahoo, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Dodge Ram, 40-year-old Tobias Hartung of Fremont, Nebraska, was not injured in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation, and authorities are currently searching for the driver of an unidentified vehicle that was at the scene. The patrol says this third vehicle had stopped in the left lane of Highway 77 during the time of the crash.

Investigators want to speak with the driver of that vehicle, as a witness to the crash. Anyone with information about this vehicle are asked to call the NSP at (402) 479-4921.

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