According to Lincoln Police, just before 2 am this morning an officer came across a single-vehicle accident in the area of 27th & Sewell streets.
The officer observed that the vehicle had collided with a tree and had suffered extensive damage.
As the officer approached the vehicle, a fire erupted. The officer, along with other responding officers, attempted to extinguish the flames and pull the two occupants from the vehicle. Due to the damage the vehicle sustained from the impact and the dangerous conditions the fire created, officers were forced to retreat.
Lincoln Fire and Rescue arrived on scene shortly after and the fire was extinguished, however, both occupants were declared deceased.
Officers canvassed the area and located neighbors with security video that showed the vehicle traveling southbound on 27th Street at a high rate of speed prior to the collision. Two officers sustained lacerations while trying to extract the victims from the vehicle and were treated by LFR at the scene,
The victims have not been identified, pending family notification.
Additionally, LPD would like to extend gratitude to all bystanders who attempted to rescue the victims after hearing the collision.