Car, Semitrailer Truck Collide on Fogbound U.S. 77

Car, Semitrailer Truck Collide on Fogbound U.S. 77
Photos: Gage County Sheriff's Office

BEATRICE – A collision between a car and a semitrailer truck at around 4 p.m. Tuesday, at Cortland on U.S. Highway 77, sent the female driver of the car to the hospital.

The Gage County Sheriff, the Nebraska State Patrol and rescue personnel from Wilber, Clatonia and Cortland responded to the accident at the intersection of  Highway 77 and Apple Road.  A silver Kia collided and wedged under a semitrailer truck entering onto the highway, on the northern edge of Cortland.

The truck driver, 48-year-old Steven Buhr, of Beatrice, stopped at Apple Road and began making a left turn onto the highway, when the northbound car struck the trailer. 

The driver, 33-year-old Christina Pierce, of Lincoln, was taken to Bryan Health West for injuries to her head, neck and body.  Buhr was not hurt.

Gage County Sheriff Millard Gustafson says dense fog at the time, was a factor in the accident.

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The force of the impact spun the trailer several feet across the intersection.  The trailer was empty, at the time of the accident.

Both drivers were using seat belts in the accident, which happened just prior to four p.m.

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