Update on accident with injuries suffered in a towing accident early Wednesday afternoon. Traffic on Highway 50 north of the 13K (Weeping Water) Spur was affected until about 6:45pm.
The Cassgram reports Sheriff Wm. C. Brueggemann advises a 1997 Ford F250 flatbed pick-up was pulling a 1968 International grain truck. The pickup was attached to the grain truck with a log chain and was northbound on Highway 50. A 56-year-old male from Ashland was steering the grain truck when the drive shaft broke, causing the grain truck to sway back and forth in the traffic lane before going into the east ditch.
The weight of the grain truck pulling against the Ford F250 caused the pickup to go out of control. Witnesses reported the pickup was nearly standing straight up on its right tailgate before coming to rest on its top in the middle of the highway. The force was so great that the towing hitch was ripped from the pickup. The grain truck remained on its wheels.
A 71-year-old male was driving the pickup and his passenger was his 78-year-old wife, both of Ashland. LifeNet and StarCare helicopters took them to the trauma center at Alegent Creighton Medical Center. The 71-year-old driver was still in surgery last evening.
The 56-year-old man steering the grain truck was not injured.
Seat belt use is not known at this time. The accident is still under investigation.
Brueggemann says the older couple had just bought the grain truck in Cook, Nebraska. Ashland was the intended destination.
Fire and rescue volunteers from Weeping Water, Avoca, Manley and Elmwood responded along with sheriff’s deputies and the Cass County Emergency Management Agency.