O'NEILL — A candidate for the Nebraska Legislature died after a sledding accident Sunday.

The Holt County attorney's office says medics and other first-responders were sent Sunday afternoon to a location about 19 miles north of O'Neill. They found 58-year-old George Holm of O'Neill unresponsive. He was pronounced dead later at an O'Neill hospital.

Investigators determined that Holm and a child were on a sled that slammed into a tree stump at high speed. Authorities say Holm was able to protect the child from physical injury.

Holm had announced that he was running for the legislative seat held by Tyson Larson of O'Neill, but he had not yet officially filed for the office.

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