ANSLEY — Two Broken Bow High School basketball coaches and a third man were killed Friday in the head-on crash of a school van and a pickup west of Ansley.
Eight students -- all members of the high school boys basketball team -- were taken to area hospitals.
The Nebraska State Patrol said Anthony Blum, 24, and Zane Harvey, 38, were killed in the crash. Both are teachers and boys basketball coaches for Broken Bow High School and were the driver and front-seat passenger in the van.
The driver of the pickup, Albert Sherbeck, 70, also was killed in the crash.
The truck was traveling east on Nebraska 2, one mile west of Ansley, when it crossed the center line and hit the westbound van head-on at about 4 p.m., according to Capt. Jim Parish of the State Patrol.
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The van, which is registered to Broken Bow Public Schools, was returning from a basketball clinic in Kearney when the accident occurred.
Two of the students were treated and released. The conditions of the others were not released Friday night. A ninth member of the team, originally believed to be in the van, rode home with a family member.
The cause of the crash still is under investigation.
The State Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Custer County Sheriff’s Office, as well as rescue personnel from Ansley, Broken Bow, Mason City and Merna.