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Bracebridge mourns tragic deaths Thursday of Bruce, Ruth McPhail in U.S. head-on

OVERTON, Neb. Residents of Bracebridge are mourning the deaths of retired longtime merchant Bruce McPhail and his wife Ruth in a head-on collision in Nebraska Thursday.

McPhails had a clothing store on Manitoba Street for decades.

The couple was killed when their 2009 Nissan, which was pulling camper, was struck by a semi-trailer truck on Interstate 80 near Overton, in DawsonCounty.

Overton is a tinyvillage located straigh west of Chicago and almost halfway to Denver.

Police say the crash occurred around 2:30 p.m., June 5.

The McPhails liked to be off the road each day by 3 p.m.

The accident happened on westbound I-80, about four miles west of the Overton exit.

A westbound semi crossed the median and struck the McPhails’ eastbound Murano. The passenger vehicle, which was pulling the trailer.

It, was struck nearly head-on, with both vehicles coming to rest in the south ditch.

McPhail, 74, who was driving and his 76-year-old wife were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police aren’t sure what caused the semi to cross the median or who was driving the semi.

The two truck occupants, Jeremiah Kamau Ngengi, 50, SeaTac, Washington and John Bradley Seals III, 41, Charlotte, North Carolina, were both treated and released from the LexingtonRegionalHealthCenter.

Seat belts were in use in the passenger vehicle.

It has been undetermined if seat belts were used by either occupant of the semi.

The Nebraska State Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and Overton Fire & Rescue.  The crash remains under investigation.

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