An 11-year-old boy was killed while riding his bicycle Friday morning Aug. 23, when he was struck by a semi-tractor trailer at the intersection in Blair, Nebraska.
Washington County Enterprise reported that Blair police, Washington County sheriff’s deputies, Nebraska State Patrol, and Blair Rescue responded to the scene at approximately 8:15 a.m.
Blair Police said Jaycoby Estrada, a sixth-grader at Gerald Otte Middle School, was attempting to cross Washington Street (Highway 30) at the 19th Street intersection when he was hit by the truck as it turned onto the highway. Officials believe he died immediately.
The area was closed off for a few hours. Emergency crews had the interchange shut down for about 3.5 hours. Rescue personnel had cordoned off the area.
Detective Russ Cook said it was an “extremely difficult” incident for all involved.
Police said the semi driver stopped and was cooperating with authorities, and that Blair Police Department was still investigating the incident, according to KOLN.
Blair Community Schools issued a statement Friday morning saying they were providing a Crisis Intervention Team to assist students, parents, and school personnel as needed. Counselors will be available until 6 p.m. Friday and again from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, according to the release.
Blair Community Schools had a late start Friday. Classes didn’t begin until 9:47 a.m.