1 dead, 1 critically injured in crash near Norfolk

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NORFOLK, Neb. (KCAU) – One person is dead and another is critically injured after a two-vehicle crash a couple of miles east of Norfolk, Nebraska.

The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office said they were called to the crash on Highway 24 Monday morning around 6:50. 

They said that Ried Krutz, 19, of Stanton, was driving a pickup west on the highway when the vehicle reportedly crossed the center line. The pickup then nearly collided with an eastbound SUV driven by Jim Hoff, 63, of Norfolk. The pickup then rolled and both vehicles came to a rest in the south ditch.

Hoff was pronounced dead at the scene. Krutz had to be extricated from the wreckage. He was taken to Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk and is critically injured. 

The sheriff’s office said seatbelts were not in use in either vehicle and that airbags deployed. 

An autopsy of Hoff will take place in Omaha Tuesday. The highway was closed for more than two hours as authorities investigated and cleared the scene. The investigation into the crash is ongoing. 
 

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