BEATRICE – A 15-year-old driver suffered minor injuries when the pickup he was driving, went out of control while trying to avoid a collision with a deer, north of Pickrell.
Gage County Sheriff’s Officers say the accident happened Thursday night at 8:47, about a quarter mile north of Chesnut Road, on U.S. Highway 77.
The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup was traveling south when a deer entered the roadway. The driver attempted to miss the animal, but the truck went off the west side of the highway. Authorities say the driver then over-corrected, crossing both southbound lanes into the median.
The pickup then crossed the southbound lanes a second time and went off the west side of the highway, rolling several times. The truck came to rest on its wheels.
Family members transported the 15-year-old male to Beatrice Community Hospital, for minor injuries. Deputies say the pickup’s air bags deployed during the accident and the driver was using a seatbelt.