Elwood, Neb. — A westbound semi hauling fertilizer on Highway 23 about two-miles west of Elwood turned right into a private drive but the load carried the semi and trailer onto its side, temporarily trapping the driver inside.
Gosper County Sheriff Dennis Ocken says law enforcement and emergency personnel were called Thursday at 7:16 a.m. Sheriff Ocken says, “The back wheels of the trailer went off into the ditch, causing the trailer and tractor to roll over onto its right side.” The Sheriff says, “The driver was still in the vehicle…he advised he wasn’t hurt, however he couldn’t get out…so the driver’s door, which was facing up was opened up and he was helped out of the tractor.” Sheriff Ocken says the situation could have been much worse…
Although the driver said he wasn’t injured, Elwood Fire & Rescue transported him to Lexington Regional Health Center so he could be checked over.
A representative of Crop Production Specialists, the driver’s employer, also responded to the scene.
Sheriff Ocken says the fertilizer was being pumped off the tanker to lighten up the load so the tractor could be set back up on its wheels and taken to Lexington.
A representative of Randy & Brian’s Towing told Sheriff Ocken that the tractor and trailer would likely have to be totaled.