Highway crash

Seven people went to the hospital after a three-vehicle crash Monday afternoon, according to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Steven Laird said that two pickups were traveling south on U.S. Highway 281 about a half-mile north of 82nd Street when they collided about 4:30 p.m.

As those vehicles started slowing, a third vehicle — a smaller car — struck the back end of the rear truck.

Laird said that as the car braked, the front end of the car dipped down so that when it collided with the truck, it ended up pushing underneath the truck.

While the crash is still under investigation, Laird said one vehicle had five occupants, another had two and the third had a single occupant. Five of the vehicle occupants were transported to Mary Lanning Healthcare by ambulance and one patient was flown by air ambulance to a Kearney hospital, where she was treated and released.

Laird said all the injuries appeared to be non-life-threatening.

Traffic on the highway was backed up to 94th Street by the time Laird arrived on the scene about three minutes later.

Laird said officers had to divert traffic about a mile around the crash to keep traffic flowing while the vehicle occupants were tended to by paramedics and the vehicles were towed from the scene. Deputies were able to reopen the highway about 7:30 p.m.

Laird said more details about the crash will be available later.

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