Accidents in Cass County show that seat belts do work to save lives and serious injruy.
Cass County sheriff’s deputies and Eagle Fire and Rescue responded to the intersection of Highway 34 and Highway 43/1st Street in Eagle for a two-vehicle personal injury accident.
A 2006 Toyota Tundra pickup driven by Jeremy Sharp, age 35, from Fort Gibson, Oklahoma had turned right off of Highway 43 and onto Highway 34, when Sharp stopped his vehicle and began backing up in the eastbound lanes of traffic on Highway 34 in an attempt to try and stop traffic for an oversize load that was approaching the intersection. (Sharp owns a traffic escort company called Circle K Escort from Fort Gibson.)
A 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass, driven by Eric Howard, age 32, from Cortland, Nebraska was attempting to turn left onto Highway 34 from 1st Street when the right rear bumper of Sharp's vehicle collided with the driver’s side of Howard's vehicle. Howard had to be extricated from his vehicle and was transported by Eagle Rescue to Bryan LGH West in Lincoln.
Both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident.
Sharp was issued a careless driving citation for backing up against two eastbound lanes of traffic in a congested intersection.
At 3:24pm, sheriff’s deputies and Eagle and Alvo Fire and Rescue responded to the area of Fletcher Avenue and 250th Street in rural Alvo for a one vehicle personal injury accident.
A 1996 Mercury Sable 4 door driven by Stacey L. Brock, age 23, Murdock, was westbound on Fletcher when she lost control on loose gravel and drove off the road. Her vehicle rolled down an embankment and into a creek bed area. Brock was transported to Bryan LGH West in Lincoln by Eagle Rescue.
She was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident. The sheriff’s report says speed was possibly a factor.