The Fremont County Sheriff’s Department reports a teenager from Georgia who was trapped in a vehicle following a crash early this (Wednesday) morning, was transported to the hospital by helicopter, as a precautionary measure. The accident happened just after 1-a.m. on Interstate 29 northbound, near exit 10.
Officials say 49-year old Lonnie Lee Dickey, of Sioux City, was driving a 2006 Volvo semi and entering I-29 from the northbound exit ramp at Exit 10, when the semi’s trailer was struck from behind by a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup. The accident happened as the driver of the pickup, 33-year old David Michael Carroll, of Georgia, was retrieving an item from the floorboard of his truck, and lost control of the vehicle, which was pulling a U-Haul trailer.
After the collision, the pickup and trailer left the road and traveled several hundred feet into an adjacent corn field. 13-year old Sadie Carroll was trapped in the truck for over an hour, while rescue crews used the Jaws of Life to try and free her. Officials say because of the excess extrication time, LifeNet was called to the scene. Sadie was transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Neither the driver of the semi, nor Carroll, were injured.
A dog traveling in Carroll’s pickup escaped from the vehicle and fled into the cornfield. It was described as being a 9-year old chocolate lab/pit bull mix. The dog answers to the name of “Coco.” Officials say alcohol is not thought to have been a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
(9-a.m. News 8/1) (Updated 4:18-a.m. Thursday, 8/2)