Wintry conditions blamed for fatal car accident near Hoskins
HOSKINS - Blowing snow resulted in a number of accidents throughout northeast Nebraska Sunday, including a fatal accident near Hoskins. Officials with the Wayne County Sheriff's office say the accident happened around 3:30 Sunday afternoon about two miles east of Hoskins on Highway 35. They say 85-year old Virlyn Lukens of Emerson was eastbound on the highway, when his pickup truck lost control due to the snowy road conditions. Lukens was struck broadside by a westbound vehicle driven by 45-year old Robbi Johnson of Norfolk. Both Virlyn Lukens and the passenger in his vehicle, 77-year old Marvel Lukens, also of Emerson, were killed in the crash. Johnson's condition wasn't immediately made available. The Wayne County Sheriffs Office says seat belts were in use at the time of the accident.