Truck incident on I-80 in Dawson County on Thursday almost fatal for the driver, hospitalized in critical condition

DAWSON COUNTY, Nebraska- After a collision on Thursday in the central part of Nebraska, two persons were unable to free themselves from the truck’s cab.

On Thursday, at at 4:20 p.m., emergency services were dispatched to the scene of a crash involving a single car that had occurred in the middle of Interstate 80 just east of Gothenburg. The accident occurred when a fully laden semi-truck rolled into the median of the highway. According to Cody Thomas, who serves as a spokesperson for the Nebraska State Patrol, both the driver and the passenger were confined inside the cab of the truck.

According to Thomas, the rescue officials were able to free the passenger not long after they arrived at the scene. While emergency workers continued to tend to the driver, a trooper took the passenger with non-life-threatening injuries to Gothenburg Health and treated them there. In the meantime, emergency personnel continued to assist the driver.

First responders were finally successful in freeing the motorist after nearly two hours had passed. After that, the driver was taken by ambulance to the CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney with injuries that were considered to be life-threatening.

The inquiry into the crash is still ongoing.

A large number of agencies, such as the Nebraska State Patrol, the Gothenburg Police Department, the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska Game and Parks, the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department, Randy and Brian’s Towing, and others, participated in the response.

As of the morning of Friday, the truck driver was still receiving treatment for severe injuries at the hospital in Kearney. According to Thomas, the passenger was examined, treated, and then discharged.

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