HPD responds to 5 accidents, stuck vehicles during winter storm

People work to get the snow out of the way for a vehicle stuck in Hastings.
People work to get the snow out of the way for a vehicle stuck in Hastings.(KSNB)
Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 8:44 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings Police stayed busy during the storm Wednesday, responding to calls of vehicles getting stuck.

Sgt. Jason Haase said most of the dayshift officers were the ones that dealt with it the most when the snow really started to come down.

He said there were several calls of vehicles getting stuck at intersections. He said most of those were where one road was plowed already and another hadn’t. The vehicles getting stuck were smaller ones that didn’t have the clearance to get through.

Sgt. Haase said that wasn’t the case for HPD officers. He said ever since they transitioned to the SUVs a few years ago, it has helped them during times like these.

He added that officers are also trained to get a sense of where they are so if they don’t believe they can get through, they don’t even attempt it.

He said that the sheriff’s office was also dealing with vehicles sliding off the road or becoming stuck.

Sgt. Haase said there were five accidents reported during the storm as of 5 a.m. Thursday. He said nobody was injured in any of them, but there was vehicle damage.

A reminder to drivers heading out Thursday, you should allow extra time, slow down and don’t drive too close to the vehicle in front of you.

Also a Snow Emergency remains in effect for the City of Hastings. It runs through Friday, January 20 until 6 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

During the snow emergency, parking is prohibited along snow routes at anytime during a snow emergency is prohibited. This allows the street department to continue to move snow in the most effective manner.

Vehicles in violation of the snow emergency are subject to ticket and/or tow.