Nicole Pavelka Killed in Accident at Hwy 6 near Clay County, NE

August 9, 2023
Victim's Name(s)
Nicole Pavelka
Type of Accident
Commercial Truck
Alcohol/Drugs Suspected

Where it Happened

Western Union, U.S. 6, Sutton, Clay County, NE, USA

Additional Information

Investigating Officer or Authority
Nebraska State Police
Vehicles Involved
Semi-Truck, Buick Enclave
Hwy 6
Injuries Sustained

Fatal injuries

Apparent/Alleged Cause of Accident

Semi-truck lost control and stuck a Buick Enclave

What Happened

State Police are investigating a crash that killed two people at Hwy 6 near Clay County, NE on August 9th, 2023. Police say the incident happened around 4:15 p.m. According to investigators, a semi-truck headed westbound on Hwy 6 veered into eastbound lanes before losing control and striking a Buick Enclave. The driver of the Buick, identified as Nicole Pavelka and a child passenger were both killed in the crash. Three other child passengers were hospitalized with serious injuries. Police say the drier of the semi-truck, identified as Justin Zoerb, was arrested and had no additional information to provide.

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