LINCOLN, Neb. — A passenger’s cell phone automatically alerted emergency crews after a car struck a tree early Sunday in a crash in Nebraska that killed all six young passengers, authorities said.
Five men in the Honda Accord died at the scene of the accident around 2:15 a.m. in Lincoln, about 3 miles east of the state Capitol, police said. A 24-year-old woman later died at a hospital, where she was taken in critical condition.
Among the five men who died was the 22-year-old driver. The other victims were a 21-year-old, a 23-year-old and two 22-year-olds.
Police said the cause of the crash is still under investigation, and they said the crash was reported by an iPhone that detected the impact and automatically called emergency responders when the phone’s owner was unresponsive.
“This is the worst crash in Lincoln in recent memory,” Lincoln Police Assistant Michon Morrow said. “We’ve tried to think of another accident this bad and we haven’t come up with anything.”
Investigators had been unable to locate any witnesses to the crash Sunday afternoon, which could make it more difficult to determine what happened.
“The cause of this accident will take us some time to determine,” Morrow said. “We are looking at all possibilities, including alcohol, speed or distracted driving.”