YORK- Shortly After 5:30 P.M. on Tuesday evening a three-vehicle accident occurred directly west of Sahling Kenworth on South Lincoln Avenue (Highway 81) in York and it resulted in one fatality. The vehicles involved included two cars and one semi and the driver of one of the cars was deceased. The driver of the second car was transported to York General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Assistant York Fire Chief Tony Bestwick.
Traffic was rerouted to service roads so that response vehicles could respond to the scene. The York County Sheriff’s Department, the York Police Department, and the York Fire and Rescue Department was dispatched to the scene.
The driver killed in the accident was 77-year old Leon Neemeyer, of York. According to Chief of Police Ed Tjaden, “Evidence and statements collected at the scene indicate that a Chevy Impala driven by Leon Neemeyer, 77, of York, proceeded from the stop sign West into Highway 81, placing the vehicle directly in front of a Peterbilt tractor and trailer driven by Zachary Pohlmeier, 25, of Hastings. The front of the tractor-trailer struck the driver’s side of the Chevy Impala driven by Mr. Neemeyer, and both vehicles were forced generally West, into the southbound, oncoming lanes of Highway 81. In the southbound lanes, the tractor-trailer struck a Ford Edge, driven by Linda Jaeger, 62, of York. The Ford Edge was forced into the ditch on the west side of Highway 81. The tractor/trailer and Chevy Impala both came to a stop in the southbound lanes of Highway 81,” said Tjaden
Tjaden also said, “Mr. Neemeyer was declared deceased at the scene due to injuries sustained in the accident, Mr. Pohlmeier was uninjured, and Ms. Jaeger was treated for reportedly minor injuries at York General Hospital.”
Tjaden added, “Our thoughts and sympathies are with all involved, particularly friends and family of Mr. Neemeyer. We would like to thank the York County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol for their assistance, as well as local motorists and media for their patience.”
The weather was not a factor in this accident as it occurred before the slick conditions