Message board alerts intended 'to prevent another tragedy' at busy Highway 370 intersection - Omaha.com
Published Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 5:25 pm / Updated at 2:40 pm
Message board alerts intended 'to prevent another tragedy' at busy Highway 370 intersection

If you visit Vala's Pumpkin Patch this week, you may notice message boards alerting drivers about a busy intersection.

The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office on Monday placed the boards north and south of Highway 370 along 180th Street “to prevent another tragedy,” said Capt. Greg London.

The intersection was the site of a traffic accident Oct. 11 that killed passenger Nate LaFave, 15, and injured two other teenagers.

The message boards were put up at the direction of Sheriff Jeff Davis and will remain active 24 hours a day until Friday morning, London said. Vala's last day is Thursday.

For the past several years, the Sheriff's Office has requested message boards from the Nebraska Department of Roads for the highway approaches to the intersection, which experiences heavy traffic during Vala's season.

Until now, the Sheriff's Office didn't request them this year because that portion of the Highway 370 widening project had wrapped up.

On Oct. 12, the day after the fatal accident, the Nebraska State Patrol requested a message board for westbound traffic on Highway 370 east of the intersection. That board remains in place and can be used as needed.

The driver in the fatal accident, Madeline Shely, 16, is still recovering at Lincoln's Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.

Passenger Carly Anne Kelly, 15, was upgraded to good condition at the Nebraska Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said Tuesday.

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