2 injured 1 killed in Mills County crash, Saturday (updated 7-17-11)


July 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol reports one of three Nebraska men who was injured during an accident Saturday afternoon in Mills County, has died. 60-year old Michael Eppenbach, of Ord, NE was a passenger in a pickup that was struck by a semi, as the vehicle was making a U-turn on an Interstate 29 exit ramp. Eppenbach died from his injuries at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha. The accident happened about two-miles south of the Glenwood exit on I-29 southbound, at around 12:23-p.m.

Officials say a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup driven by 60-year old George Mills, of Raymond, NE, was on the ramp from the 32-mile marker northbound, when he attempted to make a u-turn and go southbound on the top of the ramp in a head-to-head construction zone. His pickup was hit on the driver’s side door during the u-turn, by a northbound 2002 Mack semi. The driver of the semi was not identified.

Mills, and Michael Eppenbach, and 36-year old Jeffrey Eppenbach, of Waverly, NE, were injured in the crash . All three men were taken to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, with Jeffrey Eppenbach having been flown by LifeNet helicopter from the scene. The other two men were transported by Glenwood Rescue.

The accident remains under investigation.