The Nebraska State Patrol reports the driver of a vehicle involved in a single vehicle rollover crash, was flown to an Omaha hospital with life threatening injuries.
Just after 9 p.m. Monday, the Nebraska State Patrol received a report of the crash on Interstate 80 near Ashland, on the Platte River Bridge.
NSP believes it was the driver of the car who first called them.
Sergeant Chris Pleiss said the car was traveling east when it left the roadway, just west of the bridge abutment. The car traveled a distance before hitting a culvert, ending up on its roof.
According to Pleiss, the caller reported that the car had left the roadway and fallen into the river. Several troopers combed the Horseshoe Lake area but could not find anything.
Pleiss said an Ashland Police officer had joined in the search and was able to spot lights from the overturned car.
"With all the dirt on the underside of the car, it blended in with the tall grass and was really hard to see. It was a good thing he was able to spot the flashing lights on the car," said Pleiss.
Burlington Northern Sante Fe trains were stopped in the area because the location of the car was unknown and tracks run under the bridge along the west side of the river. The car was found about 30 feet from the roadway in the south ditch.
The eastbound lanes of I-80 were closed for about 30 minutes to allow a helicopter to land and then transport the driver to Creighton Medical Center in Omaha.
The condition of the driver has only been described as life threatening.
NSP is continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.