Dump Truck, Pickup Collide near Wood River


Four people have been hospitalized, after a pickup and dump truck collided near Wood River.

Hall County Sheriff Jerry Watson said his office was notified of the accident at 2:19 p.m. Tuesday, just one mile south of Highway 30 at Cameron Road.

Officers have determined that a 1997 Mack 600 truck, owned by Lilly Sand and Gravel of Wood River was being driven by Jim Marsh, 52, of Shelton.

The dump truck was going west on Cedarview Road. Marsh was the only one in the vehicle.

It collided with a 2002 Ford F250 flatbed crew cab pickup.

The truck was going north on Cameron, being driven by Chad Ott, age 34, from Aurora.

Ott's truck had two passengers: 32-year-old Ryan Hansen of Stockham and 31-year-old Todd Held of Aurora.

The intersection where they collided has no stop signs and is surrounded by tall cornfields on all four sides.

According to the sheriff, after impact the gravel truck rolled over on its driver's side into the southwest ditch. The pickup remained upright but also left the roadway sliding into the northwest ditch.

All four men were transported to St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Some injuries appeared serious in nature, however the sheriff said it is unknown if any injuries are life threatening.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor at this time. Both drivers reported being seat belted at the time of the accident, the passengers were not belted.

The Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency, receiving assistance from the Nebraska State Patrol. Ambulance assistance was received from Shelton, Wood River and the City of Grand Island. All four individuals involved in the accident were transported to St. Francis.

This accident investigation is ongoing and no criminal charges were filed at the time of this release. Charges may be filed at a later time, according to a press release from the sheriff.