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Three dead, high school basketball players hurt in head-on crash in Nebraska

A pickup truck crashed into a van carrying high school basketball players on Friday, killing two of their coaches and another man, Nebraska authorities said.

The accident happened along Highway 2 in rural central Nebraska just west of Ansley, a small town about 160 miles west of Lincoln. 


The State Patrol said the van's driver, 38-year-old Zane Harvey, and his front-seat passenger, 24-year-old Anthony Blum, were killed. The truck's driver, 70-year-old Albert Sherbeck, also died. 

The patrol said Harvey and Blum, both coaches at Broken Bow High School, were driving students home from a basketball clinic in Kearney when an eastbound truck crossed the centerline and hit their westbound van head-on. 

Eight boys were taken to hospitals, including two who were treated and released, according to the patrol. 

The conditions of the other six boys haven't been released, though a message on the school's website said they were seriously injured. A ninth student who was originally believed to be in the van had ridden home with a relative. 

A vigil was scheduled Saturday morning at the school.

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