Driver hospitalized after car flips, west of Beatrice

BEATRICE – A Beatrice youth suffered serious injuries when the car he was driving crashed, about three miles west of the city.

Gage County Sheriff’s investigators say a 17-year old was driving a 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse that left the roadway, struck a ditch and went airborne. The car broke through a barbed wire fence, landed in a cornfield and flipped over twice before coming to rest on its roof.

Beatrice Fire and Rescue and Beatrice Rural Fire responded to the scene and the driver was taken to Beatrice Community Hospital.  A juvenile passenger in the car was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released to family members.

Authorities say both the driver and passenger were not wearing seatbelts.

The accident happened Saturday night at 8:49 p.m., near the intersection of Southwest 89th and West Scott Road.