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Driver arrested in connection with fatal 3-vehicle crash

December 20, 2020 GMT

VALLEY, Neb. (AP) — A Fremont man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a fatal three-vehicle crash near Valley earlier this month.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department said Saturday that 39-year-old George Plofkin was arrested Friday evening at his home in Fremont. The sheriff’s department said methamphetamine use contributed to the Dec. 8 crash that killed Timothy Compton, 38.

Authorities said the crash happened after Plofkin’s pickup truck crossed the center line on a county road northwest of Valley and collided with Compton’s car. Another southbound pickup driven by a 55-year-old man then rear-ended Compton’s car.

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Compton died at the scene of the crash. The driver and a passenger in the second pickup were both treated for injuries at Omaha hospitals.