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Four injured in Saturday crash near Pickrell, Neb.

Published 11:27am Monday, November 11, 2013

PICKRELL, NEB. — Four people, including a Fergus Falls man, were transported to a Lincoln, Neb., hospital for potentially life-threatening injuries after two vehicles collided southwest of Pickrell, located about 32 miles south of Lincoln late Saturday morning.

According to Gage County Sheriff’s Office, a 2013 Ram 1500 pickup driving east on Dogwood Road struck a northbound 1998 Buick at the intersection of Southwest 29th Road — about a mile southwest of Pickrell — at about 11:30 a.m.

The crash caused the pickup, driven by John Simonson of Fergus Falls, to roll onto its side. Simonson and a passenger, Phillip Kern, also of Minnesota, were seriously injured.

Two people in the Buick, Michael Davis of Beatrice and Janice Ward of Fairbury, were also injured, although the extent of their injuries was not clear.

All four were taken to the trauma center at BryanHealth West in Lincoln. Two were transported by Beatrice Fire and Rescue, the third by Clatonia Rescue while another was airlifted by medical helicopter.

An investigation into the crash showed seatbelts were not being used. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor.

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