Three of the eight Broken Bow students injured in a Friday afternoon crash near Ansley remained hospitalized Sunday in Kearney.
Chad Christensen, 17, was in critical condition, Austin Reynolds, 15, in serious condition with a broken femur and elbow and Scott Gates, 16, in fair condition with fractures, according to the patient care coordinator at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney and the Broken Bow Public Schools web site.
The crash killed two Broken Bow coaches, 24-year-old Anthony Blum and 38-year-old Zane Harvey, and the driver of a pickup that collided with a van carrying the coaches and members of the Broken Bow basketball team. The pickup driver was 70-year-old Albert Sherbeck of Ansley.
The crash occurred about 4 p.m. Friday on Highway 2 as the basketball team was returning from a basketball clinic in Kearney. Sherbeck crossed the center line and his pickup and the van collided head-on. The cause of accident is still under investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol Troop D headquarters out of North Platte.
The Broken Bow community held a vigil Saturday morning.
Broken Bow Public Schools is providing updates about the students on its homepage. It reported that Hunter Campbell, 17, Marcus Miller, 17, Lane Albus, 15, Grayson Minnick, 16 and Taylor O'Brien, 16, had all been treated for their injuries and released from hospitals either in Kearney or Broken Bow.
The school is providing crisis help to students and staff. The school also advised parents to watch for signs of grief in students.
“This is a very difficult time for the entire Broken Bow community and our thoughts are with the families of those involved,” the Broken Bow school district stated.
Memorials and donations may be sent to the Broken Bow Schools Foundation, 323 N. Seventh, Broken Bow, NE 68822.