SPRINGFIELD — Authorities say four teenagers, all students at Gretna High School, died after the car they were in crashed off a rural road near Springfield.
The crash occurred at about 11:10 p.m. Monday, three miles east of Nebraska Crossing Outlets. The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office says an eastbound Ford Fusion ran off Platteview Road, struck the end of a guardrail and ended up in a ravine near the intersection of 180th Street.
The sheriff's office says the car was in flames when deputies arrived. One of the five people in the car was taken to CHI St. Elizabeth in Lincoln for treatment of burns. The other four were pronounced dead at the scene. All of them are believed to have been 15 or 16 years old.
The victims' names and other details about the crash haven't been released.
Omaha television station WOWT reported that the five girls in the car were all close friends who attended Gretna High.
Principal Roger Miller shared news of the crash in a letter to parents Tuesday and said counselors would be at the school to meet with students.
Monday night’s crash happened in almost the same location as a December 2006 crash that killed Gretna High School seniors Jacob Hurd and Kyle Lavigne, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
In that 2006 crash, Matthew Robinson was driving 101 mph, heading east on Platteview Road just west of 180th Street, when his vehicle crashed. Robinson had been drinking.
Robinson’s case was handled in juvenile court, where he admitted responsibility and received probation.