Orchard man dies in head-on collision


March 13, 2024

A March 6 crash, near Neligh, claimed the life of an Orchard man and injured another individual.

The collision occurred at approximately 3:49 p.m., near the Antelope County Road Department shed, east of Neligh on Highway 275, said Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore.

Billy Ziegenbein, 76, of Orchard, was traveling west in a 1997 Ford pickup when the front driver’s side tire blew out, causing the pickup to swerve into the eastbound lane, resulting in a head-on collision with another vehicle.

Dean Baker, 76, of Columbus, was driving a 1997 Ford Econoline van. He attempted to avoid the collisi...

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