CHEYENNE COUNTY, NE — Authorities took one man into custody after a crash near Point of Rocks closed Highway 30 for about two hours Monday afternoon.
According to the accident report, Kevin Schmid of Cheyenne, Wyo. was heading west on Highway 30 in a sedan while a semi-truck was headed east.
Investigators say Schmid went into the eastbound lane as he rounded the curve at Point of Rocks. The semi-driver, Skylar Hillyer, of Potter, Neb. went into the westbound lane to avoid a head-on collision.
The two ended up sideswiping one another and each ended up in the ditch on the north side of the highway, colliding with the embankment. The semi caught fire, requiring multiple fire crews to respond to the scene.
While conducting their investigation, police conducted a breathalyzer test on Schmid. The test showed Schmid had a BAC of .231 at the time of the crash — nearly three times the legal limit.
Schmid was then arrested for DUI.
Both drivers refused transport to the hospital. Both vehicles were totaled.
The crash led to the closure of Highway 30 for about two hours Monday afternoon.