Two People Killed In Saturday Accident South Of Yankton

Two were killed and one injured in a weekend multiple-vehicle crash in northern Cedar County, Nebraska.

The fatal accident occurred around 9:41 p.m. Saturday night approximately five miles south of Yankton near mile marker 209 on U.S. Highway 81, according to the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office.

A head-on collision occurred involving a Buick Century driven by Dawn Elizabeth Braunesreither, 64, of Mission Hill and a Buick Lesabre driven by Samantha Plantenberg, 30, of Crofton, Nebraska.

Both drivers were pronounced dead a the scene.

During the collision, a Pontiac G6 driven by Blake Johnston, 24, of O’Neill, Nebraska, struck one of the vehicles involved in the initial crash. Johnston was treated for minor injuries at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton and released.

Seatbelts were in use, according to a press release.

The accident remains under investigation by the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska Highway Patrol.

The Crofton EMS, Crofton Fire Department, Crofton Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Yankton EMS and Yankton Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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