Van collides with steers on highway early Tuesday
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Two men in a van survived what could have been an awful accident when they collided with four steers that had wandered onto the road during the early morning hours Tuesday.
Sheriff’s Deputy Spencer Rowley said the 1:50 a.m. accident happened about nine miles west of Imperial on Highway 6.
David Meyer, 23, of Ogallala was eastbound on the highway in a 1998 Chevy van owned by Tom’s Delivery Service of Grand Island when he came upon the black steers in the road ahead of him.
After the collision, the air bags deployed, and both occupants, which included Michael Schneider, 29, of Brule, were reported to be wearing seat belts, Rowley said.
All four steers, believed to be owned by Donnie Schilke, Rowley said, were killed in the accident.
Meyer and Schneider had very minor injuries, mainly bumps and bruises, according to the report, but were transported to Chase County Community Hospital by Imperial EMS as a precaution.
Rowley said alcohol and drugs are not suspected in the accident and no citations were issued.
The Imperial Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene as they are in all cases of accidents with possible injuries, he said. They remained on the scene to assist with traffic control and other details for about two hours.
An Imperial police officer also responded to the scene for assistance.