AYR — Authorities have released initial information about a two-semitrailer truck collision that injured one driver Tuesday morning on U.S. Highway 281 near the east Ayr curve.
Adams County Sheriff's deputy Kevin Mauck said one semi driver was traveling on the spur that turns east onto State Highway 74 while the second was southbound on U.S. Highway 281. The eastbound semi, loaded with distiller's grain, pulled out to cross the highway about 10:43 a.m. and collided with the southbound semi.
The impact caused the southbound semi, which was not hauling a load, to skid toward its driver's side and roll side over side about 60 feet past the crossing. The semi jack-knifed and rolled onto its top, with the driver trapped inside. One axle from the rolled semi detached from the trailer and was lying near the semi.
Hastings Rural Fire Chief Bob Hansen said the driver was hanging upside down in the cab by the seat belt. After the belt was cut, the driver could be removed from the cab without further extrication.
The driver was taken by ambulance to Mary Lanning Healthcare, but the driver's condition is unavailable. According to scanner traffic, the driver was trapped and bleeding.
The front end of the eastbound semi was destroyed in the collision, but the driver was not injured.
Adams County Sheriff's Office, Hastings Fire and Rescue, Hastings Rural Fire Department and Nebraska State Patrol were on scene.