Brakes Possible Cause Of Crash

Brake failure on a recreational vehicle may have caused a crash involving three vehicles on Highway 75 northwest of Plattsmouth Thursday afternoon. Two people were transported to the hospital.

The Cassgram a northbound semi was slowing down for a left-hand turn onto Club View Drive when a 1989 Chevy motor home behind the truck failed to stop and crossed the centerline, said Cass County Sheriff Wm. C. Brueggemann. The motor home then collided with a southbound 2008 Dodge Ram pickup owned by Charter Communications.

The driver of the pickup had to be extricated by the Jaws of Life. Plattsmouth Fire Chief Mike Wilson was in command of the fire and rescue operation. He said because of heavy damage to the truck and because an angle iron had lodged into the leg of the pickup driver it took rescue workers over 50 minutes to free the man.

Brueggemann said 34-year-old Jesse L. Gibson of Plattsmouth, the driver of the pickup, was taken by medical helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center. Information on his condition could not be released by the hospital this morning.

The driver of the RV, 84-year-old Philip R. O’Brien of New Effington, South Dakota was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, according to the report.

O’Brien’s wife and the semi driver were not injured.

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