Semi Driver Killed Following Accident with Pickup Truck


A West Point man was killed after the semitrailer truck he was driving hit the back of a pickup in an accident on Nebraska Highway 13 south of Pierce.

Pierce County Sheriff Rick Eberhardt says 66-year-old Eldon Kassebaum died at the hospital following Wednesday's accident. The two people in the pickup were not injured.

Eberhardt says the northbound pickup was attempting to turn left when it was hit from behind by the semi driven by Kassebaum. The semitrailer went off the road into a ditch and rolled.

The semi was hauling more than 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel. Its tank leaked fuel that kept the highway closed for several hours.