Authorities say a 5-year-old and a driver was killed in the northeast Nebraska tornado that destroyed more than half of the town of Pilger.

The Stanton County Sheriff's Office confirmed the child's death in a statement late Monday. Authorities say the child was among several people near the town's Main Street who suffered critical injuries when the tornado struck.

The second death was reported by Sioux City television station WTIV, saying the governor's office confirmed the death of a driver.  Governor Heineman will survey the damage later today.

The tornado was one of two that touched down in Stanton County. Authorities say the first landed southwest of Stanton around 3:45 p.m. and leveled a farm house. Officials say the second tornado touched down shortly afterward southwest of Pilger before hitting the town. Several major buildings were destroyed, including the Fire Department.

The statement did not identify the child who was killed or specify a gender.