Kearney man in serious condition after crash

Published: May. 26, 2023 at 10:31 AM CDT
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KEARNEY COUNTY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Kearney County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon.

It happened around 2:25 p.m. just east of the junction of Highway 50A and Highway 44.

The sheriff’s office said a 2016 Chevy Silverado, driven by Matthew Blanton, was turning east onto Highway 50A from Highway 44 and started to accelerate. Shortly afterwards, the pickup hit the rear of a 1998 Alpenlite Camper/1994 Chevy C3500 combination that had stalled in the eastbound lane.

The impact pushed the 1994 Chevy into the westbound lane, hitting 72-year-old David Lewis, of Kearney. He was dragged underneath the vehicle. The sheriff’s office said Lewis was in front of the Chevy/Camper, attempting to repair it at the time of the crash.

He was taken to CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney, where as of Friday morning was listed in serious condition.

The other driver, Blanton, was released at the scene with minor injuries and his two passengers, both children, reported no injuries. They were wearing seat belts or in proper car seats, according to the KCSO.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

The Kearney County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by members of the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, Kearney Volunteer Fire Department, Good Samaritan EMS, Kearney County Emergency Management, and Nebraska State Patrol.