Fairbury man has minor injuries, in U.S. 77 rollover

BEATRICE – A Fairbury man had minor injuries after rolling his vehicle about a mile north of Pickrell, late Sunday night.

Gage County Sheriff’s Deputies were sent to the single-vehicle accident at U.S. Highway 77 and Chesnut Road.

A person reporting the accident said a male had come to their residence to say he had been involved in a rollover accident and then left the residence. 

A deputy contacted the driver a short time later and summoned emergency medical personnel.  The man, identified as 52-year-old Troy John of Fairbury, was treated at the scene and released.

Investigators say John’s 2005 Ford Escape was traveling south on U.S. 77 when it left the road into the center median, then went back onto the southbound lanes.  The vehicle went into a skid sideways and struck a sign at the intersection with Chesnut Road.  

The SUV then went through the grass median, hitting the edge of the pavement for northbound traffic, rolling and coming to rest on its wheels.

Authorities say the driver was using a safety restraint in the 11 p.m. accident. Side airbags deployed in the vehicle.