Four People Injured in Two Separate But Related Car Accidents

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Four people are injured after two separate but related car accidents on Interstate 80 Sunday evening.

The Nebraska State Patrol said the first accident occurred near mile marker 342 on I-80, at the Henderson interchange, around 6:05 p.m.

Authorities said Angel Sanchez-Lucas of Grand Island was driving a 2001 Chevy Venture van, westbound in the passing lane, and Edward Stump of Funk was driving a 2005 Ford F350 pickup in the right lane next to him.

The patrol said when Stump attempted to pull into the passing lane to allow a motorcycle to merge in, Sanchez-Lucas thought Stump was going to hit him and began swerving, rolling his van into the median. No contact was actually made between the pickup and the van.

Two passengers in the van were injured. Guadalupe Aguilar was transported by ambulance to York General Hospital, while a 6-year-old child with internal chest injuries was life-flighted to Bryan LGH West in Lincoln.

The driver, Sanchez-Lucas, and the four other kids in the van were not injured. Officials said the driver was cited for not using child restraints.

Authorities said the accident caused traffic to back up and caused a second accident about 45 minutes later around 6:50 p.m. This incident was on the eastbound side of the interstate, where one car was rear-ended by another. The driver of that car, as well as her passenger, were transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.