A pilot is seriously injured in a plane crash near York Friday. It happened just before nine in the morning when a crop duster crashed into the interstate overpass. Witnesses say the plane appeared to have mechanical problems before it went down.
"All I saw was smoke and then fire shooting out over the top of it and then a whole bunch of rescue units," says witness Sandy Andrews.
The plane was from a local crop dusting company, Ag Flight Inc. They say the pilot was Mike Bollweg. York fire officials say he was lucky to land the plane where he did, only a mile from takeoff.
"We had heavy traffic this morning and if he would have landed on the intersection it could have been a lot worse," says York Fire Chief Kevin Stuhr. "The plane spilled chemicals so we had to deal with the HAZMAT situation, the plane was carrying insecticides, pesticides."
The interchange was closed for three hours as the State Patrol's hazardous materials team cleaned up the chemicals. The FAA was also called in to investigate the crash.
Bollweg was taken to York General Hospital where he was stabilized and then transferred to Lincoln's LGH West where he was listed in serious condition. No one else was injured in the crash.