CUSTER COUNTY— According to the accident report from the Custer County Sheriff’s Office, a two-vehicle accident on Wednesday, October 7 just before 2 PM, sent both drivers and a passenger to the hospital with a number of injuries.
According to the report, Kenneth Gottschalk, 76 of Broken Bow, was driving a 2013 Ford F-150 northbound on Highway 2 on the west side of Broken Bow near the Broken Bow Golf Club driving range, when it slowed to turn west onto northeast Highway 2.
At the same time, Duane Psota, 70 of North Loup, was also driving northbound on Highway 2 in a 2008 Chrysler Town & Country when he did not see the pickup in front of him slow down. The Chrysler crashed into the rear of the F-150 and the force of the impact spun the pickup around 180 degrees. The Chrysler continued northbound into the east ditch before coming to a stop.
Kenneth Gottschalk and his passenger, Marita Gottschalk, 75 of Broken Bow, were transported by ambulance to Melham Medical Center by Broken Bow EMS with possible injuries to each of their backs.
Duane Psota was also transported to Melham Medical Center by Broken Bow EMS with a visible injury to his chest.
Both vehicles were listed as totaled, all occupants were wearing seatbelts, no citations were issued, and alcohol or drugs are not suspected as the cause of the accident.
Broken Bow Fire and Rescue, Nebraska State Patrol, Custer County Sheriff’s Office, Hunters Towing and Repair, and Ranchland Ford responded to the accident.