McCool man injured after hitting county road grader

McCOOL – York County Sheriff Paul Vrbka says a McCool man was injured when his pickup ran into the back of a road grader owned by York County near McCool on Wednesday.

Sheriff Vrbka said his agency was activated at 1:25 p.m., as well as the York Fire/Rescue Department and the McCool first responders.

The location of the accident, the sheriff said, was on County Road 5, about a mile north of McCool Junction just off Highway 81, near the McCool Cemetery.

“A county road grader was in the process of work, operated by Max Rea, 67, of McCool. The motorgrader was eastbound. The driver of the pickup, Marlin Rempel, 71, was also eastbound and came up over the hill and subsequently hit the back of the maintainer,” the sheriff said.

Vrkba said Rempel sustained what appeared to be head injuries and he was transported by ambulance to York General Hospital.

The sheriff said while the injuries appeared to be serious, he was informed by personnel at the scene it didn’t appear to be life threatening. He said he did not know the details of Rempel’s injuries.

“In talking with the motograder operator, he appeared to be uninjured at first, but while I was talking to him at the scene, he started to look poor and we had him transported to the hospital as well,” Sheriff Vrbka said.

“The motorgrader operator said he saw the pickup approaching and it wasn’t moving fast; he thought it was going to go around him, but then it just hit the back of the grader,” the sheriff continued. “We aren’t really sure what happened. The motorgrader was marked as being a slow vehicle and the strobe lights were activated, as is typical. That county vehicle was being operated exactly as it should have been. The investigation is still underway.”

No other information is available as of this time, including the conditions of the two men involved.

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