Sep 10, 2019 12:33 PM

SUV driver killed in collision with semi hauling bricks

Posted Sep 10, 2019 12:33 PM

JANSEN, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a driver was killed in a collision between a semitrailer and a sport utility vehicle.

The crash occurred just after 5:30 p.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 136, about 2 miles east of Fairbury. Station KWBE reports that witnesses say the eastbound SUV swerved into oncoming traffic and struck the truck, which was hauling several pallets of bricks on a trailer.

The SUV driver was pronounced dead at the scene. It's unclear whether the truck driver was injured.

The names of those involved haven't been released.

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Sep 10, 2019 12:33 PM
 Emerald ash borer found in Nebraska's Saunders County


ASHLAND, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials say an insect that's killed millions of ash trees in the U.S. has been found near Ashland.

The state Agriculture Department recently found the emerald ash borer in Saunders County. The pest had already been found in nearby Douglas, Sarpy and Cass counties.

The insects have killed tens of millions of ash trees. They are native to Asia and were first reported in the U.S. in Michigan in 2002. The insects were first detected in Nebraska in Omaha and Greenwood in 2016.

Infected trees usually lose leaves at the top of the canopy and the die-off spreads downward. The trees usually die within four years.

Nebraska officials are working to slow the spread of the destructive insect , but Agriculture Director Steve Wellman says the pest can't be eliminated.