G.I. man injured in truck collision

An Adams County sheriff walks past the front end of a
semitrailer that was damaged in a collision with another
semi on U.S. Highway 281 south of Hastings Tuesday.

Authorities have released the names of drivers involved in a two-semitrailer truck collision that injured a 57-year-old Grand Island man Tuesday morning on U.S. Highway 281 near the east Ayr curve.

John L. Epp was taken by ambulance to Mary Lanning Healthcare. He was released today.

Epp reportedly was driving a 2000 Peterbilt semi southbound on U.S. Highway 281 about 10:43 a.m. when he collided with another semi.

The second semi, driven by 35-year-old John J. Swain Jr. of 1325 W. Fourth St. in Hastings, was traveling on the spur for vehicles turning east onto State Highway 74. Adams County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Mauck said Swain had stopped at a stop sign and then pulled out to cross the highway when he collided with the southbound semi.

The impact caused the semi driven by Epp, 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 jackknifed and rolled. One axle detached from the trailer and was lying near the semi, which came to rest on its top.

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