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(Update) Flying lumber injures semi driver, sends rig off I-80…Injured driver identified

(Update) Flying lumber injures semi driver, sends rig off I-80…Injured driver identified
Courtesy/ Lexington Clipper-Herald * Brian Neben.

Lexington, Neb. — The Nebraska State Patrol and other agencies responded to a report of an eastbound  ‘Pride Transport’ semitrailer that left Interstate 80 about 5 miles east of Lexington, went through a  south road ditch fence and rolled to a stop in a field south of the lanes of traffic.

An eyewitness reported the incident on Tuesday about 10 a.m. A State Patrol Communications Specialist says unsecured wooden boards being carried on a semi with a flatbed went through the windshield of the Pride Transport semi and knocked the driver unconscious.

The Lexington Volunteer Fire Department transported the semi-driver to Lexington Regional Health. He was then transported to CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney.

The semitrailer driver, identified as 42 year old Richard Scott of Washington state, received a head injury and had no memory of what happened. The driver of the flatbed carrying lumber, identified as 58 year old Mark Dietzel of Missouri, was stopped near Elm Creek and cited for a load violation. The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic control.


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