A passenger in a van that rolled over near Hancock Saturday evening tried to save the life of the driver, after he was ejected and the van partially rolled on top of him. Pottawattamie County Chief Deputy Sheriff John Reynolds told KJAN News the accident involving a 2000 GMC Safari van happened at around 6-p.m. Saturday.
Reynolds said the accident happened on Patton Avenue at about 430th Street, near Hancock. When a deputy arrived, he found a 2000 GMC Safari van on its driver’s side in the ditch west of the intersection, and the driver, 36-year old Sean Eveland, of Shelby, pinned beneath the A-pillar of the van. His passenger was identified as 24-year old James Chew, of the Avoca area. The deputy helped Chew use a 4×4 post to pry the vehicle off Eveland and keep the weight off his chest, until the first responders arrived.
Eveland was flown by LifeNet helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, for treatment of unknown injuries. Chew suffered unknown, possible injuries. A report on his status is not available. Reynolds said evidence gathered at the scene indicated the driver was probably under the influence, but the accident remains under investigation.
No charges have been filed at this time.