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Two Meridian Public School students and a Fairbury farmer were killed in a head-on collision in Saline County on March 17.

Fred Kujath, 74, of Fairbury, Garrett Klipp, 18, of Tobias, and Peyton VanWesten, 16, of Tobias, died from their injuries in the crash 5 miles north of Western on Nebraska 15, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation.

Just after 4 p.m. that day, a northbound Dodge Ram pulling a 40-foot gooseneck trailer collided with a southbound Chevrolet Silverado, according to a news release.

It wasn't clear from the information authorities have released which truck crossed the center line.

Kujath and Klipp died from their injuries that day.

VanWesten died a week later from his injuries.

Two other people were injured in the crash. Their conditions were not known Thursday.

Klipp was a senior and VanWesten a junior at Meridian High School in Daykin.

Both enjoyed sports and played football and basketball for the school, according to their obituaries. 

Klipp had planned to attend Northeast Community College to study precision agriculture.

Kujath had been going to get hay for his cattle at the time of the crash, according to his obituary.

Funerals for he and Klipp were both held on Monday, Klipp's at the school and Kujath's at in Fairbury. 

VanWesten donated his organs.

His funeral service will be held Monday at Meridian High School.

 

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