Cedaredge man dies in auto accident

By Pat Sunderland

Kent Brakken, 71, died as the result of a traffic accident on Interestate 80 west of Ogallala, Neb., June 8.

The North Platte Telegraph reports the crash occurred just after 8:30 p.m. when an eastbound Toyota Tacoma pickup crossed the median and collided head-on with a westbound Dodge pickup.

Brakken, the driver of the Toyota pickup, was transported to Ogallala Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the Dodge pickup, Aaron James Davis, 38, of Greeley, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators have determined that seat belts were used in both vehicles. The cause of death is still under investigation, but medical problems have been ruled out, according to a press release from the Nebraska State Patrol.