2 dead, 20 injured after car drove into crowd in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – Two people were killed and 20 others injured after an accident in which two cars crashed into a crowd of bystanders during an annual Memorial Day weekend “cruise” night in Nebraska’s capital, police said on Monday.

Two women, aged 20 and 22, had been in one of the cars and died in the crash on O Street in Lincoln on Sunday night. One person was in critical condition and the others were being treated at hospitals for injuries that are believed not to be life-threatening, Lincoln Police Captain Max Hubka said.

“We do not believe, nor is there any evidence, that this was a premeditated act,” Lincoln Police said in a statement.

A witness told that Lincoln Journal Star that a speeding car collided with another vehicle that was about to turn at an intersection. Hubka said both vehicles jumped the curb, hitting several people who were standing between the street and a parking lot.

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Police scheduled a press conference for 3 p.m. to discuss the investigation.

Details of the event are not clear. O Street has been a popular spot for Crusaders during Memorial Day weekend, and spectators usually gather to watch from the company parking lots. Authorities said some drivers attempted dangerous maneuvers to excite the crowds, such as burnouts and speeding.

Law enforcement officials promised to be more present this year. Hubka said none of the officers tasked with monitoring the event saw the crash, but police arrived at the scene within a minute.

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