Three Killed in Accident on Highway 81

PIERCE - Three people were killed in a one-vehicle accident just before 7 o’clock this morning on Highway 81 north of Norfolk. Pierce County Attorney Verlyn Luebbe says a northbound SUV blew a tire and lost control about two miles south of Jerry’s Hilltop. Three passengers were pronounced dead at the scene, while six other victims were taken by Randolph and Osmond rescue units to Faith Regional in Norfolk. Luebbe says it appears that seatbelts may not have been in use at the time of the accident. Both the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and Nebraska State Patrol are investigating.