Broadwater man dies in Morrill County rollover

A 23 year old Broadwater man has died in a rollover accident early this morning 12 miles east of Bridgeport near the North Platte River.

Morrill County Sheriff Milo Cardenas says the body of Cutter Abel was found by his father, who was walking the river, approximately a mile from the crash around 6:45 this morning. Cardenas said the victim was ejected from his vehicle near the edge of the river.

Cardenas says the accident was called in at 12:35 this morning. He says Bridgeport, Broadwater and Morrill County rescue personnel had difficulties searching for the victim in the dark and were in the process of beginning an extensive search in the river and along its banks when the body was found.

Cardenas says Abel was eastbound on Highway 92 when he left the south side of the road and crossed the highway and ended up in the north ditch adjacent to the river. Cardenas says speed and alcohol appear to be a factor in the accident. Cardenas says due to the damage to the vehicle, he believes Abel died prior to being ejected in the river, but an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Seat belts were not in use.

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