Two seriously injured in I-80 rollover accident

YORK COUNTY – Two people were seriously injured Wednesday evening, De. 13, in a rollover accident on Interstate 80 in York County.

According to York Fire Chief Tony Bestwick, the accident occurred at mile marker 354 at 6:04 p.m.

Bestwick said, “While our ambulance was enroute, we were updated by dispatch that possibly three vehicles may have been involved. On arrival, our ambulance stopped briefly to check on the truck driver who was involved and then proceeded to the rollover victims. Two patients were found in the pickup, which was on its roof in the median. At that point, York Fire’s engine arrived on the scene and assisted with the extrication.

“A second ambulance was on location to take care of the additional patient and then our rescue truck arrived to assist,” he continued. “Both victims had to be extricated from the pickup by using the Jaws of Life to open the doors and remove the patients. One patient had an extremity pinned under the pickup which made us lift the pickup to remove the extremity.”

He said both patients were transported to York General Hospital. One was transferred to Bryan LGH West by helicopter and the other was transported to the same Lincoln hospital by ambulance.

While on the scene of this accident, York Fire was also dispatched to a semi-truck fire at mile marker 355 on Interstate 80, at the westbound rest stop. One engine left the accident scene and went to the fire. “Thankfully, the semi fire appeared to be a hung-up brake pad,” Bestwick said. “Water was applied to cool the brake pad. Waco Fire helped us with this response.”

He said he wanted to thank the York County Sheriff’s Department, the Nebraska Department of Transportation, York 911 Communications and the Waco Fire Department for their assistance.

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