BEATRICE – A Wymore woman was flown by helicopter to a Lincoln Hospital, after being injured in a 5:45 p.m. Sunday accident, in Blue Springs.
Gage County Sheriff’s Deputies say 38-year-old Amy Swafford was the driver of a 1999 Mercedes Benz S-U-V that went out of control and struck a tree, near First and “A” Streets, in Blue Springs.
Investigators say it appears the vehicle was westbound on First, did not stop at a stop sign and may have been traveling at a high rate of speed. Authorities say the vehicle hit a dip in the road, causing the driver to lose control. The S-U-V then struck sidewalk steps along the south side of First Street before striking a tree.
Swafford suffered chest, wrist and leg injuries and was airlifted to Bryan West Hospital, in Lincoln. It was not known whether Swafford was using a safety restraint. The driver’s side airbags in the vehicle deployed.
Gage County officers say based on statements given to emergency medical service personnel, alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the accident. Authorities were also investigating whether a passenger briefly spoke with medical personnel but left the scene before speaking with law officers. The accident remains under investigation.