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iPhone alerts first responders to crash that killed 6 people


Six youths were killed when their car slammed into a tree in Nebraska – a horrific crash that was detected by the new iPhone 14, which alerted first responders, authorities said.

Five men in the Honda Accord died at the scene of the crash around 2:15 a.m. Sunday in Lincoln, police said. A 24-year-old woman who suffered serious injuries later died in hospital.

“This is the worst crash at Lincoln in recent memory,” Deputy Police Chief Michon Morrow said. “We tried to think of another such serious accident and we couldn’t find anything.”

One of the occupants had the recently released iPhone 14, which can detect a serious car accident, call 911, and alert the owner’s emergency contacts.

WOWT.com
Woman mourns crash victims in Nebraska
Six youths were killed when their car hit a tree in Nebraska.
PA
Crash victim Jonathan Koch, 22
One of the victims has been identified as 22-year-old Jonathan Koch.
Jonathan Koch

The device has a high G-force accelerometer that can detect extreme accelerations or decelerations of up to 256 Gs – or 256 times the force of gravity, according to Apple.

iPhone 14
The new iPhone 14 has a G-force accelerometer that can detect extreme accelerations or decelerations up to 256 Gs.
Apple

Victims of the 56th and Randolph Street crash included the 26-year-old driver and the 24-year-old woman. The other people who died were two 22-year-olds, one 23-year-old and one 21-year-old, according to reports.

The posted speed limit is 25 mph on Randolph Street. reported the local Star Journal.

The impact of the car hitting the tree woke Erin Bartak, who thought the car might have hit their house. She alerted her father, Brad, and her brother Bronson, according to the newspaper.

Brad rushed outside and used a rock to smash the rear window, but the engine quickly caught fire. He used a garden hose to try to put out the flames with the help of another neighbor until firefighters arrived, the Journal Star reported.

One of the victims was 22-year-old Jonathan Koch, WOWT reported.

“He was the most caring, trusting person ever,” Koch’s sister, Kayla Kelley, told the station.

Crash victim Jonathan Koch, 22
“I think he would want everyone to remember how much he cared for them, because he was such a caring guy,” Jonathan Koch’s sister Caleigh Keown said.
Jonathan Koch

She added; ” Life is so short. In the blink of an eye, your world shatters around you. But he wouldn’t want us to be heartbroken, he would want us to get up and move on.

Koch’s other sister, Caleigh Keown, told WOWT: “He didn’t know any strangers either, anyone who knew Johnny knew Johnny very well. I think he would want everyone to remember how much he cared for them, because he was such a caring guy.

Flowers placed at the scene of a fatal car accident in Nebraska.
“This is the worst crash at Lincoln in recent memory,” Deputy Police Chief Michon Morrow said. “We tried to think of another such serious accident and we couldn’t find anything.”
PA

Investigators were unable to locate any witnesses to the crash on Sunday afternoon,

“The cause of this crash is going to take us some time to pin down,” Morrow said. “We are looking at all possibilities, including alcohol, speeding or distracted driving.”

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