Weather conditions blamed for jack-knifed semi accident Tuesday
A patch of ice and high winds were blamed for a semi-trailer accident Tuesday afternoon that summoned several emergency responders.
According to a report from Chase County Sheriff Kevin Mueller, Aaron Miller, 39, of North Platte was southbound on Highway 61 near the Chase-Dundy County line, when he said he hit a patch of ice on the highway near mile marker 24.
Driving a Brown Transfer semi with a loaded trailer, Miller told officers the wind also caught the trailer, pulling the rig into the northbound lane. As he tried to correct it, Miller said the trailer jack-knifed, according to the report, sending the semi and trailer into the west ditch and eventually coming to rest upright in a cornfield.
The only damage to the rig was the shattering of the tractor’s back window, Sheriff Mueller said, causing lacerations to the driver, who was traveling alone.
Miller was transported to Chase County Community Hospital by Imperial EMS. Also on the scene to assist was the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department.
The accident occurred about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday.