Authorities Release More Information on Pickup Accident, NW of Odell

Authorities Release More Information on Pickup Accident, NW of Odell
Photos: Gage County Sheriff's Office

BEATRICE – Gage County Sheriff’s investigators have released more details on an accident that resulted in a pickup ending up in a creek bed, Saturday night, northwest of Odell.

Authorities says a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 62-year-old Ronald Dux, of Beatrice was eastbound on Sage Road between Southwest 105th and Southwest 117th, when it went off the road and into the south ditch.

The pickup continued through the ditch, down an embankment where it came to rest in a dry creek bed.   A motorist traveling west noticed skid marks in the roadway leading to the ditch, and then located the pickup.   That driver observed the pickup driver to be unconscious, and then called 911.  The airbags of the pickup had deployed. 

Extrication equipment from Wymore Fire and Rescue was used to free Dux from his vehicle.  He was airlifted by medical helicopter and taken to Bryan LGH West Hospital in Lincoln, with injuries described as serious, but non-life threatening.

Investigators say alcohol use is suspected as a factor in the accident.   Authorities are unsure if Dux was wearing a seatbelt.

Beatrice Fire and Rescue, Wymore Fire, and an Odell quick response team all responded to the scene of the 7:41 p.m. accident.

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