The Schuyler community is in shock after a well-known educator was killed in a Wednesday morning car crash involving multiple vehicles that also left an Omaha man dead.
Karrie A. Healy, 48, a preschool teacher for Schuyler Community Schools, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that occurred just before 7:30 a.m. Wednesday on the 1100 mile of Highway 15, Colfax County Attorney/Coroner Denise Kracl told The Columbus Telegram/Schuyler Sun.
Kracl said Healy’s unexpected passing was especially tough, noting Healy taught her daughter and did a lot in the community.
“Karrie and all of her family regularly participated in community events and they were well known throughout Colfax County,” Kracl said. “Her death will affect not only her family but also multitudes of past students, her friends and members of the community. She was kind to everyone she knew. She taught generations of families.”
A red 2002 Chevy Tahoe driven by Jason A. Bruns, 44, of Omaha, was driving north on Highway 15 at 7:26 a.m. and crossed the center line when his vehicle struck a southbound white 2011 Buick Enclave driven by Healy head on, Kracl said.
Both vehicles came to a rest in the middle of the highway when a tan 2009 Dodge Ram truck driven by Keldon K. Phillips, of Schuyler, traveling northbound on Highway 15 impacted the Tahoe, Kracl said. The Dodge Ram came to rest in the east ditch.
Before long, a 2006 International semi-truck and trailer registered to Semi-truck Central Plains Milling LLC from Howells and driven by Adam J. Wermers of Howells driving south on Highway 15 then impacted the Tahoe and Buick. The Buick came to a rest on the west side of Highway 15, while the Tahoe came to rest in the northbound lane of the highway. The semi-truck and trailer came to a stop in a nearby field.
Bruns died later in the evening from injuries sustained during the accident, Kracl confirmed. Phillips and Wermers were not admitted to the hospital, she added.
Numerous agencies, including Schuyler Fire and Rescue, Howells Fire and Rescue, the Colfax County Sheriff’s Department and Nebraska State Patrol responded. Kracl praised everyone for their help in the matter, noting the NSP’s accident reconstruction team for its diligence.
An investigation is underway.
“This accident scene involved multiple vehicles impacting each other,” Kracl said. “It’s tough because sometimes we don’t get all of the answers.”