A fatality accident was reported Friday evening in Gage County.
According to the Gage County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred on U.S. Highway 77 near Sycamore Road at approximately 6:43 p.m.
The investigation shows that a 2017 silver Mitsubishi Lancer driven by 31-year-old Cristgen Crouch of Marysville was northbound on Highway 77, crossed the center line, and hit a 2009 silver Honda van that was traveling south on Highway 77. The van was driven by 72-year-old James Gallahue of Fort Collins, Colorado. Both drivers were pronounced dead on scene.
Law enforcement believe that speed and use of a cellular phone contributed to the accident. Seatbelts were in use in both vehicles with air bags deployed. Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the crash.
Beatrice and Wymore Fire & Rescue responded, along with help from the Nebraska State Patrol.