Man critically injured in hunting accident near Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An 18-year-old man was critically injured in a hunting accident near Lincoln when a deer rifle unexpectedly fired, officials there said.

Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner told the Lincoln Journal Star that the incident happened Thursday evening near 176th Street and Havelock Avenue. The man had been out hunting with a family friend, Wagner said, and as they left to return home, the friend’s deer rifle fired as he was putting it in the back of a pickup truck. The shot entered the truck’s cab and hit the 18-year-old in the leg.

Wagner said the teen was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but is expected to survive.

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