Elizabeth Braunesreither and Samantha Plantenberg die in Highway 81 crash, Saturday, May 8

Two people killed in a head on crash south of Yankton have been identified as Elizabeth Braunesreither and Samantha Plantenberg. The Cedar County Sheriffs Offices says a Buick Century driven by 64 year old Elizabeth Braunesreither of Mission Hill collided head on with a Buick LeSabre driven by 30 year old Samantha Plantenberg of Crofton on Highway 81 about five miles south of Yankton. The crash was reported about 9:40 PM Saturday night. Both of those drivers died at the scene.

During the collision, a Pontiac driven by 24 year old Blake Johnston of O’Neill Nebraska struck one of the vehicles in the first crash. Johnston was treated for minor injuries and released at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton. Seatbelts were in use.

Crofton EMS, Crofton Fire and City Police, Nebraska State Patrol along with Yankton EMS and Fire assisted at the scene. The investigation continues by the Cedar County Sheriffs Office and Nebraska State Patrol