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Authorities release names of 3 killed in Saline County

March 29, 2019

WESTERN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of three people fatally injured when two pickup trucks collided on a state highway in southeast Nebraska.

The collision occurred March 17 on Nebraska Highway 15 , about 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of Western. The Saline County Sheriff’s Office says a northbound pickup was pulling a trailer when it collided with the southbound pickup.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that state officials say 74-year-old Fred Kujath, of Fairbury, was killed that day in one of the pickups and that 18-year-old Garrett Klipp, of Tobias, died in the other pickup. The officials say 16-year-old Peyton VanWesten, of Tobias, died a week later.