Four injured in three-car construction zone accident south of Bridgeport

Emergency crews tend to injured patients in a three vehicle accident south of Bridgeport Thursday. (Courtesy: Kevin Myers/Bridgeport News-Blade)

Emergency crews work to extricate passengers from an auto accident south of Bridgeport Thursday. (Courtesy: Kevin Myers/Bridgeport News-Blade)

Airlink lands on Highway 385 south of Bridgeport. (Courtesy: Kevin Myers/Bridgeport News-Blade)

Four people were injured in a three-car chain reaction accident in a construction zone south of Bridgeport Thursday afternoon.

According to Morrill County Sheriff Milo Carendas, a southbound Ford F-250, driven by 34-year-old Josh Summers of North Platte failed to stop for a flagman in a construction site, and rear-ended a stopped car, which was shoved into another stopped car. The accident occurred about nine miles south of Bridgeport on Highway 385 around 3:50 Thursday afternoon.

Cardenas said the middle car, a Chevy Cobalt, was driven by 47-year-old Charles Kenyon of Chamberlin, S.D., Both Kenyon, and his wife, 49-year-old Jeanie Hutmacher, had to be extricated from the vehicle.

Hutmacher was flown to Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff from the scene by Air Link, while Kenyon was transported to Regional West by Valley Ambulance.

He said that their injuries were significant at the scene, but both occupants were in stable condition Friday morning. Cardenas said a dog was also in the vehicle, and died in the accident.

The occupants of the third car, a Dodge SUV, were transported by ambulance to Morrill County Community Hospital in Bridgeport. Carendas said that car was driven by 61-year-old Paulette Lang of Seymour, Texas. Lang was treated and released, while the passenger, 61-year-old Jody Thomas of Seymour, Texas was kept overnight for observation and released Friday morning.

All of the occupants were wearing seatbelts, and alcohol use was not a factor in the accident. Cardenas said that Summers was ticketed for failure to yield and careless driving. He said that the construction zone was clearly marked with signs.

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