On Monday, December 13, 2010 at approximately 1520 hours, the Gage County Sheriff’s Office, Beatrice Fire and Rescue, Beatrice Rural Fire, Star Care V and a Homestead Law Enforcement Ranger responded to a two vehicle injury accident located ¼ mile west of Southwest 75th Road on West Highway 4 involving a Semi-Trailer.
Scott V. Hulse, 45 of Friend, Nebraska was driving a 2005 Freightliner with a trailer. He was traveling westbound on Highway 4 approximately ¼ mile west of SW 75th Road close to the Homestead National Monument. Arlan L. Buhr, 45 of Beatrice, Nebraska was driving a 1996 Plymouth Voyager mini-van and traveling eastbound at the same location.
The driver of the mini-van, who was traveling eastbound, merged into the westbound lane of traffic for an unknown reason. The driver of the semi-trailer, who was traveling westbound, made a maneuver in an attempt to avoid a collision with the mini-van but collided with the front driver’s side of the mini-van.
The collision caused both driver and passenger airbags to deploy on the mini-van. The Jaws of Life were used to extract Buhr who was trapped inside the vehicle. Buhr was transported by helicopter to Bryan LGH West in Lincoln and the seriousness of his injuries is unknown at this time. The driver of the semi did not sustain any injuries from the accident.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident and seatbelts were being utilized by both drivers. This accident is still under investigation by the Gage County Sheriff’s Office.