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Two teens escape from Friday night roll-over accident PDF Print E-mail
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

    Two sophomores at  Chase County Schools are recovering from injuries following a Friday night one-vehicle rollover, southwest of Imperial on a county road.
    Masen Bell, 17, of rural Champion was driving the 2000 Pontiac Gran Prix when he apparently lost control of the westbound car on 736 Rd. (Vilas Smith road), about a mile and a half west of the Champion Spur 15A.
    Jesse Ferebee, 16, was a passenger in the vehicle, and was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled twice, according to the Chase County Sheriff Office accident report.
    Bell was able to get out of the vehicle on his own. Neither teen was wearing a seat belt, according to the report.
    Both were transferred by Imperial EMS to Chase County Community Hospital for initial treatment.
    Ferebee sustained serious injuries, and was air-lifted later Friday night to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. He was released Tuesday morning.
    According to a report from his mother, Donna, he shattered his tailbone, broke several vertebrae, sustained two broken ribs and had a small puncture in his lung.
    His injuries did not require surgery, she said, but he will be wearing a turtleshell brace and using a walker for awhile. Doctors told him he must use both pieces of equipment to keep his back in line as it heals, his mother said.
    He can return to school in a few days, and will be back in Kearney for a follow-up doctor’s visit on Jan. 19, she added.
    Bell also sustained some minor injuries. His mother, Jennifer, said he sustained cuts, scrapes and has a lot of soreness. He was treated and released Friday night from the local hospital.
    Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Steinert was on the scene of the accident. Following his investigation, Bell was issued citations for willful reckless driving and expired in-transit tags.
    According to the report, the 911 call did not come into the dispatcher until 7:33 p.m. Friday, about an hour after the accident.
    The report indicated Bell attempted to call his family first, but was confused about his location.
    The Imperial Volunteer Fire Department (IVFD) was also called to the scene to assist.
Two other fire calls
    Firefighters were called at 7:10 a.m. last Friday when a semi-truck’s tire caught fire north of Enders on Highway 6/61.
    Fire Chief Bryan Dannatt said the right rear inside dual tire was on fire on the out-of-town semi, and firefighters applied water to cool it down. The driver was not injured.
    On New Year’s night last Thursday, firefighters were called to the Alan and Janeece Woofter home on West 6th Street in Imperial at 9:30 p.m.
    Some ashes from their fireplace had been set outdoors in a bucket, but apparently weren’t completely extinguished. They burned into the siding on the home’s north side. A wood pile nearby also burned slightly.
    The Woofters had the fire extinguished when firefighters arrived, but called the IVFD as a precaution, and to check the home with the thermal imaging camera.

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