• August 10, 2023

Nicole Pavelka, Child Killed, Three Injured in Semi-Truck Accident on Highway 6 in Clay County, NE

UPDATE (August 14, 2023): Recent reports identify the woman killed in the accident as Nicole Pavelka. there is still no word on whether or not there will be charges relating to the crash. Investigations continue.

Clay County, NE — August 9, 2023, two people were killed and three were injured as the result of a truck accident at around 4:15 p.m. along Highway 6.

According to preliminary information released by the Nebraska State Patrol, the crash happened in the area of the Adams County and Clay County line east of Hastings.

Nicole Pavelka, Child Killed, 3 Injured in Semi-Truck Accident in Clay County, NE

Investigators at this time have said that a woman and four children were in a Buick that was going eastbound along the highway. Traffic in the westbound lanes reportedly came to a stop as a vehicle was waiting to make a left turn. It appears a semi-truck going westbound went into oncoming lanes to avoid hitting those vehicles, but it instead crashed with the Buick.

Due to the collision, the woman in the Buick and one of the children on board sustained fatal injuries. The remaining three children were taken from the scene with reportedly serious injuries to hospitals in Omaha and Hastings.

Following the crash, it appears the truck driver was arrested for a warrant. It's unclear at this time if there will be charges relating to the crash. Investigations are ongoing.


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