Deadly Crash Outside Oakland on Highway 77

OAKLAND – A deadly crash occurred this morning, near Oakland, when a passenger car struck a piece of heavy equipment on the highway.

Just before 6:45 Thursday morning, Nebraska State Patrol responded to the crash at mile marker 138 on Highway 77, near Oakland.

A 1993 Buick Skylark, driven by Colten Ruzicka, 31, of Lyons, was traveling northbound when it crossed the center line and struck a pay loader, which was traveling south in the correct lane. The driver of the pay loader attempted to swerve to avoid the collision. The Skylark struck the pay loader on the driver’s side, near the rear.

Ruzicka was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the pay loader was not injured.