Law enforcement responds to fatal two-vehicle collision south of North Platte

Lincoln County sheriff's deputies investigate a two-vehicle fatal collision early Thursday on U.S. Highway 83 about 12 miles south of downtown North Platte.

A 33-year-old McCook woman died in a collision about 7 a.m. Thursday on U.S. Highway 83, about five miles south of Lake Maloney.

Stephanie Budke, 33, was driving a sedan that crossed the center line and struck a semitrailer truck head-on, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. Budke was the only person in the car.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the northbound car had crossed into the southbound lane to pass another vehicle.

The weather at the time was extremely foggy; witnesses believed the accident was fog-related. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The semi driver was Sohi Nahar Singh, 65, of Bakersfield, California, according to the patrol. Neither Singh nor a passenger in the semi was injured, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, which also responded to the crash.

Singh was wearing a seat belt, according to the patrol. It was unknown whether Budke was wearing a seat belt.

In addition to sheriff’s deputies and patrol troopers, first responders from North Platte Rescue and Frontier County Rescue responded to the wreck.

The wreck happened near the Nu Star Energy pipeline plant near mile marker 69. The collision completely blocked the highway, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

In the aftermath of the crash, the patrol advised U.S. 83 motorists to find alternate routes between Lake Maloney and the north junction with Nebraska Highway 23.

Those roads were muddy from recent rains, and some vehicles were driving too fast and making road conditions worse, the Lincoln County Department of Roads said.

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Original story: 

Motorists south of North Platte were asked to use caution Thursday morning when driving on county roads to go around the site of a fatal two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 83.

The Nebraska State Patrol had advised U.S. 83 motorists to find alternate routes between Lake Maloney and the north junction with Nebraska Highway 23. The wreck happened about 12 miles south of downtown North Platte. 

But the roads were muddy from recent rains, and some vehicles were driving too fast and making road conditions worse, the Lincoln County Department of Roads said.

The wreck took place in foggy conditions near the Nu Star Energy pipeline plant near mile marker 69.

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