One injured in accident south of Gering

One person remains hospitalized in fair condition following a two-vehicle accident that occurred south of Gering Wednesday evening.

Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Deputies responded 2 1/2 miles south of Gering just after 7:20 p.m. Upon arrival, investigation revealed a horse was loose in the area and had been in traffic. Several individuals were attempting to catch the horse but were unable to. Several vehicles were parked on the shoulder with their flashers on.

The Sheriff's Department says a northbound Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by 54 year old Elizabeth Gorden of Gering slowed as it approached the area. A northbound Ford Excursion, driven by 23 year old Alfredo Lara struck Gorden's Pontiac from behind. Gorden was transported to Regional West Medical Center and remained in fair condition Thursday afternoon.

Chief Deputy Troy Brown says what happened next was unfortunate and difficult. Brown says many attempts were made to capture the horse, but the animal resisted attempts and continued to be a traffic hazard, so the deputy was forced to destroy it.

The Gering Volunteer Fire Department and Valley Ambulance assisted the Sheriff's Department at the scene.

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