Central City, Neb. — A crash involving a semi-truck and a Jeep has claimed the life of a 38 year old Columbus, Nebraska man. The crash occurred at approximately 11:44 a.m., Monday, near mile marker 324 on U.S. Highway 30, approximately 3 miles west of Chapman, Nebraska. The Jeep Cherokee was westbound on Highway 30 when it crossed the center line and collided with the eastbound semi-truck.
The driver and lone occupant of the Jeep Cherokee was not wearing a seatbelt and pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the semi-truck sustained injuries and was transported by medical helicopter to a Lincoln hospital for medical treatment. The driver of the Jeep Cherokee was identified as 38-year old, Columbus resident Timothy Silva. The driver of the semi-truck was identified as 54 year old, Bakersfield, California resident, Kular Gurdeep Singh.
The Merrick County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Nebraska State Patrol, Merrick County Attorney’s Office, Chapman Fire and Rescue, Central City Ambulance, and the Grand Island Rural Ambulance service. Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor to the crash.