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Meadow Grove man dies in Highway 35 accident

September 22, 2018

A Meadow Grove man died Wednesday in a traffic accident near Wayne that closed a heavily traveled highway for several hours.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident about four miles west of Wayne on Highway 35 in the early afternoon on Sept. 19. The preliminary investigation into the accident revealed three motor vehicles had collided, causing two vehicles to leave the roadway.

The sheriff’s office said one of those vehicles overturned in the ditch, ejecting both of its occupants.

Corey Raatz, 40, of Meadow Grove was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff’s office said lack of seat belt usage was considered a significant factor in Raatz’s death.

Due to the complexity of the collision, accident re-constructionists were enlisted from the Nebraska State Patrol and the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office. The highway was closed for about seven hours during the initial investigation. The collision remains under investigation.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Nebraska State Patrol, the Wayne Police Department, the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office, the Wayne Fire Department, the Winside Fire Department, Providence Medical Center and the Nebraska Department of Transportation.

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