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Oh, the humanity: I-80 accident injures 4, destroys truckload of beerTell North Platte what you think

For the second time this week there was a semi accident on the Interstate in Lincoln County.

Four people were involved in the two vehicle collision. All escaped serious injury. The most significant casualty was the trailer full of beer that was destroyed.

A spokesperson for the Nebraska State Patrol reported that around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, an eastbound Ford pickup hauling a camper slammed into the side of a tractor-trailer hauling Budweiser products.

The force of the impact sent both vehicles across the median as well as the westbound lane of interstate traffic. Once in the ditch on the other side of the road the pickup rolled, ending up back on its wheels.

The semi continued through the north ditch, barreling over two fences and South River Road. The trailer detached from the semi and was torn open, spilling the beer in a field.

The spokesperson said that the semi-driver, Karen Monroe of Texas, along with the couple in the pick-up, were taken to Great Plains Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The passenger in the pick-up, Iona Cornelson of Colorado, had to be removed from the truck with the jaws of life. She did not, however, suffer any serious injuries.

The truck driverís husband was in the semiís sleeper unit at the time of the crash and was not transported to the hospital.

Both vehicles were totaled. Unlike the accident Monday, the Interstate was not closed down.

The National Weather Service reported that the area was experiencing wind gusts in excess of 30 miles per hour at the time of the accident. They also said that high winds like Lincoln County is experiencing could complicate travel.

A high wind advisory remains in effect until 5 p.m. Central time Friday.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 10/1/2009
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