BEATRICE – Gage County law officers investigated separate injury accidents on Tuesday.
In one collision at 8:15 a.m., the teenage driver of a 2003 Honda Civic collided with the rear of a 2007 Chevrolet Impala, at South 38th and East Pickrell Road, three miles east of Pickrell. After colliding, the teen’s car slid into the south ditch and overturned. The driver was treated for minor injuries at Beatrice Community Hospital. The driver of the other car, who is from Prague, was not injured.
Authorities are investigating the accident as a possible case of driving under the influence of drugs, with vehicle speed also considered a factor. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.
Sheriff’s officers also investigated an accident at around 12:05 p.m., Tuesday, at the U.S. Highway 77 and Nebraska Highway 41 west intersection. Authorities say Brian Harms of Kimball, Nebraska was attempting to turn his 2017 International semi onto Nebraska Highway 41, when his truck was struck by a 2009 Nissan Altima, driven by Stevin Gilliam, of Lincoln. The impact ruptured a fuel tank on Harms’ truck, spilling about 150 gallons of diesel fuel onto the road.
Cortland Rescue transported Gilliam to Bryan West Hospital in Lincoln, for treatment of minor injuries. Harms was not injured. Both drivers were using seatbelts.
The Nebraska State Patrol rerouted traffic while the scene was being cleared. Nebraska DOT, Gage County Emergency Management, the Gage County Highway Department and Beatrice Fire and Rescue also were dispatched to the accident scene. U.S. Highway 77 was blocked while the fuel spill was cleaned up.