Western IA man settles with estate over Neb. crash


July 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – An Iowa truck driver has settled with the estate of a Canadian man over a crash in Interstate 80 in Nebraska. A federal judge on Thursday dismissed the lawsuit brought by Everett Ruckman Jr., of Westphalia, Iowa, citing the settlement. Terms of the deal have not been released.

Ruckman and his wife sued the estate of Donald Reeve over a February 2010 crash near North Platte. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Nebraska says the crash was the result of Reeve’s negligence.

The state patrol has said Ruckman was passing Reeve’s van when Reeve turned into the semi an apparent attempt to make a U-turn. Reeve and his wife, Marlene, both of Saskatchewan, Canada, were killed.

Ruckman’s lawsuit sought compensation for medical expenses and other damages.