Lexington, Neb. — Heavy, wet snow being pushed by a snowplow operator fell off the Lexington Interstate-80 overpass, breaking the windshields of a semi and a Honda Pilot SUV and causing the drivers of both vehicles to suffer minor cuts from flying glass. Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Daniel Oliver says the incidents, which occurred at 10:45 a.m., were simply the result of an accident…
Trooper Daniel Oliver: “Bad timing, nothing intentional…it was just bad timing and no one could have seen it coming.”
A front-seat passenger and possibly another person in the Honda Pilot SUV, which was carrying five people, received some minor cuts on their hands, but none was transported to the hospital. Likewise, the semi-driver, had quite a bit of glass on his face and facial cuts that were dripping blood, but he also was not transported to the hospital. Besides sustaining a broken windshield, the semi received some mirror damage and damage to a front fender. Trooper Oliver says since he considers it a no-fault accident, no citations were issued. Both drivers will contact their insurance carriers to determine whether the damage will be covered.
Roger Klasna, District 6 Operations Manager says Nebraska Department of Transportation snow plow operators (whether state or local) are trained “to not push that snow off” from overpasses over roadways and train tracks. Instead, the procedure is to push the snow to the end of the overpass deck. Klasna says the snow was heavy and wet at the time.