One Seriously Hurt in Downtown Crash

Five people were sent to the hospital, one seriously hurt, after a downtown Omaha traffic accident Friday.

The crash happened about 1:15 p.m.

Police say that 53-year-old Jack Morine of Blair was driving a Kia Sorento east on Douglas approaching 24th Street with a green light.

Twenty-one-year-old Nicole Bell was northbound on 24th Street in a Dodge Caravan Mini Van approaching Douglas when investigators say she ran a red light and collided with Morine’s vehicle.

Ms. Bell was thrown into the street by the impact. Police say she suffered a brain bleed. She was taken to the hospital for emergency treatment and later admitted to the ICU but police say she is expected to recover.

Four children, all under the age of four-years-old, were taken to the hospital as a precaution. They had all been restrained in car seats and were not injured.

Monica Goos witnessed the crasha and said, “I cried because I have a child. I've never seen anything like that. I never want to see anything like that again and I just really hope she's okay. That's, I'm worried about the kids. She's got four of them at least."

Monica was among the witnesses who saw to the children before rescue personnel arrived and she said, "They were all terrified. The one I had was not even a year old. It was a little, little baby."

Police say charges are pending.


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