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KNOP: Two Accidents, Less Then 12 Hours Apart, Send Numerous To The Hospital Near North Platte

KNOP: A drunk driver sent himself and three others to Great Plains Health with injuries ranging from minor to life threatening with his actions on Monday.

On August 31 at 9:21 p.m., the call came in about a two-vehicle injury accident around mile marker 99 on U.S. Highway 83 (about thirteen miles north of North Platte).

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is reporting that two occupants were in each vehicle. All four were transported to Great Plains Health for treatment.

55-year old Sherry Cozad of Woodlake, NE was southbound on Highway 83, driving a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. Forty-six year old Eli Brooks from Chicago was driving a 2008 BMW southbound as well. Officials say Brooks “apparently was traveling much faster” than Cozad and rear-ended her, causing both vehicles to leave the roadway.

Brooks was medically cleared and arrested by Nebraska State Patrol for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol above .15. Brooks was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center. The case remains under investigation by Nebraska State Patrol and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Alcohol is a factor in the accident.

KNOP: A Maywood woman was taken to Great Plains Health after a Holbrook man rear-ended the car she was driving toward North Platte on Tuesday morning. Responders were called to the scene around mile marker 64 on Highway 83 (approximately 15 miles south of North Platte) at 7:51 a.m.

According to a report by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, 56-year old Christine Bourquin-Lewien of Maywood was rear-ended by 24-year old Jacob Tenbensel of Holbrook.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2014 Chevrolet Spark was traveling northbound around the posted 65 mile per hour speed limit. The vehicle was driven by Bourquin-Lewien. The second car, identified as a 2004 Buick LeSabre, was also northbound traveling at a much higher rate of speed and rear-ended the Chevrolet Spark. The driver of the Buick was identified as Tenbensel.

Bourquin-Lewien was transported to Great Plains Health with apparent non-life threatening injuries. Tenbensel refused medical treatment. Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor. The case remains under investigation.