The Cass County Sheriff’s Office today (Thursday) released more details on an accident that happened early Wednesday morning. As we told you during our news on Wednesday, the accident happened at around 5:35-a.m. near the intersection of Highway 71 and Interstate 80. Officials say it occurred when a semi struck a pickup truck that had attempted to turn onto the eastbound I-80 ramp. The 2005 Peterbilt semi driven by 48-year old Richard Allen Goldizen, Sr., of Savannah, MO, was northbound on Highway 71 when it struck a 2007 Chevy Silverado pickup owned and driven by 36-year old Jason C. Redfern, of Omaha.
The accident happened as Redfern was traveling south on Highway 71 and attempted to cross northbound Highway 71 to get on the eastbound I-80 onramp. Redfern, who was later cited for Failure to Yield upon making a left turn, was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital via Medivac Rescue. Damage from the accident amounted to $22,500.
Later that same day, Cass County deputies responded to a single-vehicle accident that occurred on Lansing Road, about one-half mile west of 690th Street. Officials say at around 12:30 p.m., a 2012 Chrysler driven by 69-year old Leta Arlene Thompson, of Cumberland, was traveling west on Lansing Road when the vehicle hit some frozen slush on the road. The car slid sideways into the south ditch and crossed over a farm drive entrance before coming to rest. No injuries were reported. Damage to Thompson’s vehicle is estimated at $3,500. No citations were issued.