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Dozens of volunteers helped first responders free a father and son from a pickup after a crash that killed the driver of the other vehicle on Thursday near Merna.

MERNA — Authorities say a driver died after his pickup collided with another in central Nebraska's Custer County.

The crash occurred around 8:30 a.m. Thursday on Nebraska 92, about 2 miles west of Merna. The Nebraska State Patrol says 40-year-old Roman Romero of Texas was headed west, pulling a trailer hauling a skid loader, when he crossed the center line and struck an oncoming pickup driven by Kevin Jensen, 49, of Broken Bow.

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The patrol says Romero was killed. 

Crews worked three hours to free Jensen and a passenger who were flown to a Kearney hospital. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening, the Patrol said.

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