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17-year-old driver dies after Nebraska traffic accident

September 15, 2021 GMT

A 17-year-old driver died after plowing into the back end of a vehicle that was stopped due to backed-up traffic, authorities said.

The Hall County sheriff’s department said in a news release that deputies responded to the accident on Interstate 80 at about 5:42 p.m. Tuesday.

The preliminary investigation indicates a 2108 Ford F-350 driven by Brody Weinmann, 24, of Falls City, Nebraska, was stopped in the westbound passing lane due to backed up traffic ahead of him. A 2017 Nissan Altima driven by Carley Johnson of Doniphan collided with the rear of Weinmann’s vehicle.

Johnson, the lone occupant of the Nissan, died at the scene.

Weinmann and his passenger, 22-year-old Payton Strahm of Sabetha, Kansas, were uninjured, according to the release

Traffic was slowed at the time due to a cleanup of a fuel leak from an earlier rollover accident, which was off the roadway.

This accident remains under investigation.