Double Fatality Accident
On July, 14, 2020 at 6:49 p.m., the Lincoln County 911 Center received a call of a head on collision at mile marker 93 on U.S. Highway 83 (approximately seven miles north of North Platte, NE.). It was reported a passenger vehicle and semi-truck had hit head on and the vehicles were on fire.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies, Nebraska State Patrol and North Platte Fire and Rescue all responded to the scene. Deputies discovered the two male subjects in the passenger vehicle were deceased. The driver of the semi had minor injuries. The names of the occupants are held pending notification of family members.
The investigation on scene showed the semi-truck was southbound on Highway 83 and the passenger vehicle was northbound. The passenger vehicle drove into the southbound lane, driving straight at the semi-truck. The semi-driver took evasive action breaking and swerving into the northbound lane but could not avoid the collision. The investigation is ongoing.
The deceased driver of the passenger vehicle was identified as thirty-two year old Sioux City, IA. resident Robert Islas. Mr. Islas passenger was identified as fifty-nine year old Sioux City, IA. resident Gilbert Vasquez. Drugs and Alcohol do not appear to be a factor. It appears were in use.