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Authorities say crashes killed 2 people in Lancaster County

November 18, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say two people died in Lancaster County traffic accidents.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says a motorcycle ran into the back of a sport utility vehicle around 3:45 p.m. Sunday, just northwest of Lincoln Airport. The SUV had stopped for a red light.

The motorcyclist died at the scene. The sheriff’s office identified him as 62-year-old Michael Stover, of Lincoln. The SUV driver was not injured.

The second fatality occurred about 90 minutes later after a crash about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) north of Denton. The sheriff’s office says a vehicle went out of control on a gravel road, slid into a roadside ditch and struck a power pole.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff’s office identified him as 55-year-old Jeffrey Vanlent, who lived in rural Denton.