Occupant’s phone alerts respondents to car accident that killed 6 in their 20s

Lincoln, Neb. – A passenger’s cellphone automatically alerted responders after a car hit a tree early Sunday in a Nebraska accident that killed all six young people in the car, officials said.

Police said five people aboard the Honda Accord died at the crash site at around 2:15 a.m. in Lincoln, about three miles east of the state capitol. A 24-year-old woman later died in hospital, where she was taken to a critical condition.

The 22-year-old driver was also among the dead. The other victims were a 21-year-old, a 23-year-old and two 22-year-olds.

Police said the cause of the crash was being investigated, and they said the crash was reported by an iPhone that detected the impact and automatically called responders when the phone’s owner did not answer.

“This is the deadliest accident in Lincoln in recent memory,” said Lincoln Police Assistant Chief Micon Morrow. “We’re trying to think so bad about another accident and we haven’t come up with anything.”

Investigators had found no witnesses to the crash as of Sunday afternoon, making it difficult to ascertain what had happened.

“It’s going to take some time for us to figure out the cause of this accident,” Morrow said. “We are looking at all possibilities, including alcohol, speeding or distracted driving.”

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