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Jake Burnside remained listed in critical condition and in a medically-induced coma Friday, but a statement issued by his family through the Creighton University Medical Center public relations department, said he is “very improved.”

Burnside, 16, of Fremont, was injured in a traffic accident on Old Highway 8 west of U.S. Highway 275 Monday night. He was flown by medical helicopter to Creighton where he was listed in critical condition.

Two other Fremont 16-year-olds, Jackson Blick and Tyler Walling, died on the scene, and a fourth, Trey Hansen, later died at the hospital. Hansen had been taken by ambulance to Fremont Area Medical Center before being flown to Creighton.

In the statement issued late Friday afternoon, Burnside’s parents, Carter and Karen Burnside, said their son continued to show positive signs.

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“His coloring is much better, we've had some squeezing of hands, some arm movement, some movement in his legs and some body shifting,” said the statement.

“Things are looking so much better than they were the first day,” the statement said. “We are very optimistic. We'll be here by his side throughout his recovery.

“Your thoughts and prayers are welcome and appreciated. Please keep the Blick, Hansen and Walling families in your thoughts and prayers as well,” it said.

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