UPDATE 4:03pm Tuesday
One person died in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday morning about three miles east of Elwood on Highway 23. The Gosper County Sheriff’s Office was summoned at 9:22am. Sheriff Dennis Ocken says a 2011 Dodge pickup, driven by 73-year-old Marlow Anderson of Lincoln was eastbound when this vehicle cross the centerline into the westbound lane. The pickup struck a 2016 Kenworth straight truck fuel hauler nearly head-on. The fuel truck was driven by 43-year-old Christopher Brink of Holdrege. Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene. Both drivers were wearing seat belts and both vehicles were considered totaled.
The Gosper County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Elwood Rescue Unit, Region 17 Emergency Management, Nebraska Department of Roads, Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol.
The Gosper County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatality accident that occurred around 9:22am this morning(Tuesday) about three miles east of Elwood on a curve of Highway 23. Sheriff Dennis Ocken says that upon arrival “observed a fuel truck down in the ditch on the north side of Highway 23 and a pickup with extensive front end damage in the lane of traffic”.
The driver of the pick-up was pronounced dead at the scene. The extent of any injuries to the driver of the fuel truck was not immediately available. The vehicles were traveling in opposite directions and collided head-on. Ocken says there was some fuel released from the fuel trucks own fuel tanks but, not from the large tank itself.
Agencies assisting at the scene included Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol, Elwood Volunteer Fire Department, Nebraska Department of Roads, Gosper County Attorney’s Office, CHI Health Aire Care.