Just after 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to a semi-tractor fire on U.S. Hwy 275 just east of the Hwy 57 junction.
Upon arriving the semi was found fully engulfed in flames and the driver, Leonard Roberts, 49, of Jackson, Kentucky was located in a ditch nearby with non-life threatening injuries.
He was transported to FRHS by ambulance and the fire was extinguished by Stanton Fire. The incident completely blocked the highway for about 45 minutes and the wreckage was still being attended to at 4:30 p.m.
Stanton County Emergency Management and the Nebraska DOT also responded and were assisting with traffic control. The semi and trailer which was hauling steel coils were all a total loss.