Monday Accident

A Plainview man was injured after his vehicle was struck by a semi near Brunswick on Monday morning.

The collision occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of 863 Road and 532 Avenue, about five miles east of Brunswick. 

William Demerath, 42, of Plainview, was transported by ambulance to Antelope Memorial Hospital, according to Trooper Russ Dostal of the Nebraska State Patrol.He said Demerath was driving a Nissan Xterra and was eastbound on 863 Road when the SUV was struck by a northbound semi tractor-trailer.

“The fuel tank on the driver’s side ruptured, but did not burst into flames,” Dostal said of the semi tractor.

He said the 2005 Freightliner, driven by Michael Gustman, 73, of Plainview, failed to yield as it headed north on 532 Avenue. The collision’s impact forced the semi tractor-trailer into a nearby field where it struck an irrigation system as well. Damage to the irrigation pivot, owned by Wyatt Frahm of Plainview, was estimated at $40,000 to $50,000.

The trooper said Gustman was ticketed and released without any apparent injuries.

“Seatbelts really saved this guy’s life,” the officer said. 

He later added that both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. Both vehicles were considered a total loss and were towed from the scene.

The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating the accident with assistance from the Antelope County Sheriff's Department. The Brunswick Fire Department and Neligh Rescue also responded to the accident.

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