281 crash victims all released from hospitals
UPDATE: Thursday Dec 5 10:00 AM:
Spokespersons for Mary Lanning Health Care in Hastings and CHI Health Good Samaritan hospital in Kearney confirmed to Local4 that all the victims of this crash had been treated and released.
An Adams County Sheriff's Deputy said, "Everyone involved was very lucky," after a serious-looking accident Monday.
Deputy Steven Laird told Local4 the accident happened Monday afternoon about 4:30 about one-half mile north of the Highway 281/82nd street intersection. That location is about two-and-a-half miles north of Hastings.
Laird said a pickup driven by Douglas Steele, 74, Hastings, hit the back of another pickup driven by Jamie Armstrong, 36, Hastings, in a minor rear-end collision. As the two pickups were slowing down to assess the damage, a third vehicle, driven by Danial Jameson, 54, Riverton, struck the rear-end of the Steele pickup. Laird said the Jameson vehicle was braking so hard that the vehicle's front end dipped down and ended up wedged underneath the pickup box.
Laird said Armstrong and four passengers in his pickup, Jeffrey Farber, 55, Hastings, Christopher Hitchcock, 39, Hastings and Seth Minard, 32, Hastings were taken to Mary Lanning Healthcare for injuries. Steele was also taken to Mary Lanning Hospital for treatment, as was Jameson. A passenger in the Jameson vehicle, Abigail Jameson, 19, Riverton, was taken by medical helicopter to CHI-Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Remarkably, Laird said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening or critical. Laird had no information on seat-belt use, but did say air bags deployed in the third vehicle.
Drugs or alcohol were not believed to be involved. In a prepared release issued late Wednesday, Laird said that no arrests or citations had been made and that the reports were being referred to the Adams County Attorney's office for potential criminal charges.
Laird said it, "definitely could have been a lot worse."