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Roadside mechanic killed while working on semi

Roadside mechanic killed while working on semi

SEWARD – At approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday, the Seward County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a semi versus pedestrian accident on Interstate 80. The accident was determined to have occurred at I-80 mile marker 368 westbound, approximately 11 miles west of the Seward Exit.

The preliminary investigation shows that a tractor trailer (semi-truck) had pulled over on the shoulder of the interstate due to a mechanical issue. The driver of the semi, Jon Christensen, 71, of Lakeland, FL, requested roadside assistance for the mechanical issue. Two roadside assistance workers from TA Petro of York arrived and fixed the mechanical problem. After fixing the issue, Jon Christensen began to start driving the tractor trailer. At this time, Jeremy Covert, 41, of York, NE, went back under the semi. Jon Christensen did not know Jeremy Covert went back under the semi. Christensen began driving the semi, Covert was struck and pronounced deceased at the scene.

The accident was investigated by the Seward County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Nebraska State Patrol.

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