Driver Going Wrong Way on Divided Highway, Hits Pickup Near Cortland

BEATRICE –  A person trying to warn a motorist about being on the wrong side of a divided highway, had his vehicle struck in a collision near Cortland, Sunday.

Gage County Sheriff’s investigators say at about 6:20 a.m., a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by 35-year-old Edward Meinke, of Beatrice, was southbound in the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 77, near West Buckeye Road.

The SUV struck a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by 31-year-old Michael Mays, of Clatonia.

Sheriff’s officers say Mays was attempting to warn Meinke he was on the wrong side of the four-lane highway.  Mays had pulled his pickup into a crossover to warn the other driver, when Meinke’s Explorer struck the pickup.

Meinke was taken to Beatrice Community Hospital for chest pains.  Mays refused medical treatment.  Investigators say alcohol use is a suspected factor, in the collision.

Seat belts were being used by both drivers….and driver and passenger airbags deployed in both vehicles.

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