July 6, 2017

A 40-year-old Omaha man died Monday when his car went into ditch and overturned several times in Exira.

Eric Rutledge was southbound on U.S. Highway 71 about 4:50 a.m. when his car crossed the roadway’s centerline and went into a ditch near Littlefield Drive, the city’s main intersection of the highway.

The car tumbled and stopped in a nearby gravel lot.

Rutledge was found dead at the crash site. It’s unclear what caused his car, a 2006 Lexus, to go off the road.