CCSO Busy With Accidents Near Callaway, Blaine/Custer County Line, And Oconto Last Week

CCSO Busy With Accidents Near Callaway, Blaine/Custer County Line, And Oconto Last Week
(Top) Nov. 28 accident near Oconto. (Bottom) Nov. 24 Accident on the Cozad Road. Custer County Sheriff's Office Photos.

The Custer County Sheriff’s Office, along with emergency crews throughout the area, stayed busy this past week with a number of injury accidents.

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On November 24, at approximately 6:30 AM, officers and medical personnel responded to a one-vehicle accident on the Cozad Road near Road 782. According to the police report, Milly Furse, 25 of Cozad, was traveling west on Cozad Road in a black 2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ when she entered the corner of Road 418 and lost control. The vehicle crossed the centerline and entered the south ditch where it overturned and rolled twice before coming to rest on its passenger side facing south.

According to the CCSO call log, Furse was able to call 911 and stated she was bleeding from her nose and was cold due to the weather conditions, but had been able to crawl out of the vehicle. Callaway Rescue responded to the accident and transported Furse to Callaway District Hospital with an injury to her head.

According to the report, a seatbelt was used, the front and side airbags deployed, and neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected in the cause of the accident.

The Equinox was listed as totaled and damage to a fence was also listed at approximately $25.

The Custer County Sheriff’s Office, Callaway Rescue, and Trumbull Towing responded to the scene.

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On November 25, around 11:45 AM, another single-vehicle rollover was reported on NE Highway 2 near Rifle Creek Road just a few miles away from the Blaine/Custer County line. According to the accident report, 18-year-old Katherine Lenz of Fulshear, TX, was driving south on NE Hwy. 2 in a white 2009 Toyota Corolla when she fell asleep and the vehicle drifted off the road where it eventually entered the east ditch. The vehicle skidded sideways in the ditch and then began to roll.

Merna EMS responded to the scene and transported Lenz to Melham Medical Center with possible injuries to her arm.

The report states that a seatbelt was used, but airbags were not applicable/not available in the vehicle. Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected in the cause of the accident.

The Corolla was listed as totaled.

The Custer County Sheriff’s Office, Menra EMS, and Hunter’s Towing responded to the scene.

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On November 28, at 4:56 P.M., the Custer County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a one-vehicle rollover five miles west of Oconto on Redfern Road. Thomas D. Clements, 49 of Broken Bow, was traveling westbound on Redfern Road when he lost control of his silver 2004 Chevrolet Silverado in the gravel while attempting to negotiate a curve in the roadway.

The vehicle left the roadway to the left and entered the south ditch. The vehicle then impacted a utility pole, breaking it off at the post, and then impacted a four-strand barbed wire fence breaking off 10 posts and 100 feet of fence. The pickup continued up a steep embankment and landed on the front of the vehicle. The pickup then overturned and landed on its driver’s side facing north. Clements and his thirteen-year-old passenger were transported to the Callaway District Hospital by Oconto Rescue with possible injuries to their heads.

Seatbelts were not by either individual and airbags were not deployed in the vehicle. Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected in the cause of the accident.

Damage to the Custer Public Power District power pole along with 10 wood posts and 100 feet of four wire fence totaled approximately $2,500. The vehicle was listed as totaled.

The Custer County Sheriff’s Office, Oconto Rescue, and Trumbull Towing responded to the scene.

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