5 killed in Nebraska when car crashes into tree

LINCOLN, Neb. — Five people were killed and another was injured after the sedan they were riding in struck a tree early Sunday, Nebraska officials said.

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According to a news release from the Lincoln Police Department, officers were called to the scene at 2:16 a.m. CDT. Officials said a black Honda Accord believed to be headed east struck the tree.

One passenger, a 24-year-old woman, was taken to a Lincoln hospital in critical condition, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

The remaining five occupants were pronounced at the scene, KOLN-TV reported.

According to the police department’s news release, the driver was 22 years old. Other deceased passengers included a 21-year-old, a 23-year-old and two 22-year-olds.

Police said they received a 911 call from an iPhone recording that indicated the owner of the device was in a severe crash and not responding to the phone.

It is unclear what led to the crash.

An investigation is ongoing, police said.

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