Pickup rolls several times in a second
An Arizona man escaped with only minor injuries last Friday about 2:50 p.m. when an attempted U-turn he was making led to a collision with a semi.
Gerald Bridgman, 75, of Mesa, Ariz., had pulled over on the Highway 6 shoulder at mile marker 30 where the curve between Imperial and Enders begins. He was traveling east on the highway.
County Sheriff Kevin Mueller said Bridgman apparently decided to make a U-turn at the curve, not seeing the semi following behind him.
According to the report, the driver of the 2013 Kenworth semi, Jeremy Stenger, 37, of Sterling, Colo., attempted to swerve to try to avoid a collision but caught the driver’s side of Bridgman’s 2013 Toyota Prius with the passenger side of his rig.
Stenger was hauling a load of propane, Sheriff Mueller said.
The Imperial Volunteer Fire Department used its jaws of life equipment to pry open the driver’s side door, so Bridgman could be extracted by Imperial EMS. He was then transported to Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial with minor injuries, according to the report.
Bridgman was issued a citation by the sheriff’s department for an illegal U-turn.
The Prius was totalled, while Stenger’s semi sustained $4,000 in damages.
Second accident by Lamar
While emergency workers were still at the scene east of Imperial, another accident call came in shortly after 3 p.m.
A one-vehicle accident near Lamar was reported on Highway 6, 11 miles east of the Colorado/Nebraska state line.
Joseph Tomky, 17, of Lamar was alone in the 2003 Ford pickup, traveling east, when it crossed the center line and traveled into the north shoulder, Sheriff Mueller said.
When the pickup’s wheels dropped off the paved road, Tomky apparently over-corrected, causing the pickup to roll several times, coming to rest on its wheels in the ditch on the north.
His injuries were minor, but he was transported by Imperial EMS to Chase County Community Hospital.
According to the accident report, Tomky admitted to texting while he was driving.
Chief Deputy Mike Dukes was at the initial accident at the Enders curve helping to reroute traffic, so left that scene to investigate the rollover near Lamar.
Deputy Spencer Rowley continued to investigate the car/semi accident with assistance from the IVFD and Emergency Manager Duane Dreiling on traffic control.