Passenger dies

FREMONT — Authorities say a passenger died after two trucks collided at a rural intersection in eastern Nebraska’s Dodge County.

The collision occurred just after 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, about 3 miles north and west of Fremont.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says a southbound tilt cab truck driven by 23-year-old Matthew Hammond, of Fremont, collided with an eastbound semitrailer being driven by 71-year-old Monte Petersen, also of Fremont. The sheriff’s office says there are no traffic controls at the intersection.

Hammond was flown to an Omaha hospital. The sheriff’s office says Hammond’s passenger died at the scene. She’s been identified as 44-year-old Lois Kirkpatrick, who lived in Fremont.

Prison lockdown

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s largest prison has ended a lockdown that was initiated so staff members could search for drugs, weapons and other contraband after a string of violent attacks on employees.

The Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln lifted some of the restrictions Friday that had been imposed on inmates since Wednesday morning. The prison is now on modified operations, which allows inmates to have some controlled movement outside their cells.

The lockdown required prisoners to remain in their cells unless they had a staff escort, and inmates weren’t allowed to shower or visit areas where they normally spend their days.

Corrections Director Scott Frakes says he isn’t ready to discuss what the prison-wide search found, but he previously told lawmakers that the prison is seeing more weapons, drugs and cellphones.

Associated Press

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