A single-vehicle accident resulted in the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 21 in Broken Bow being closed for several hours on Tuesday, March 1.
According to officials, a semi with a trailer that was overloaded with metal pipes was traveling west on Highway 2/South E Street at approximately 6:30 AM when it began to turn left to travel south on Highway 21. As the vehicle began to turn, the weight of the pipes made the trailer top-heavy and it began to tip to the west. The driver attempted to save the trailer by turning to the west, but the tires impacted the curb knocking the trailer and semi onto its passenger side.
The pipes broke loose of the straps and crashed onto the sidewalk. One of the pipes made contact with the veterans memorial causing minor damage to the bricks of the memorial wall on the southeast side.
No injuries were reported to the two occupants who were in the semi-truck at the time of the accident. While the exact amount of damage caused was unavailable, the cab of the semi was deformed due to the crash and was likely totaled.
Broken Bow Fire and Rescue, Broken Bow Police Department, Myers Construction, Sargent Pipe, Sargent Irrigation, and numerous others responded to the scene to assist with clean-up and traffic control.