A two-vehicle accident claimed the life of an O'Neill man early this morning.
At about 5:09 a.m., 23-year-old Emerson Schmaderer died after the pickup he was driving crossed the center line and struck a semi, according to a press release from the Nebraska State Patrol. His next of kin have been notified.
The pickup-semi accident occurred west of Ewing. Schmaderer was driving his pickup westbound on Highway 275 when his vehicle struck an eastbound semi driven by August Waterman.
The state patrol reports that restraints were not in use, and a passenger in the pickup was transported, however, there were no injuries to the semi driver.
The accident is being investigated by the Holt County Sheriff's Department with the assistance of the Antelope County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska State Patrol and O'Neill Police Department.