LEXINGTON — A Roanoke, Va., driver was killed and three occupants injured when a pickup pulling a camper rolled into the median on Interstate 80 between Lexington and Overton during the morning of Wednesday, June 9.
At 10:31 a.m. the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to mile marker 243 for the report of an accident with injuries. Priority Medical Transport also headed to the scene.
At the site, a Dodge Ram pickup had rolled and came to rest on its roof in the median, the camper it was towing was heavily damaged.
Soon after Lexington firefighters arrived on scene, Overton Volunteer Fire and Rescue was called for mutual aid. The Flight for Life helicopter from CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney was also dispatched; when they arrived they circled the scene and landed in a field north of I-80.
Westbound traffic on I-80 was temporarily closed, but then was opened to one lane after the helicopter landed.
According to Nebraska State Patrol, the driver, Bernard Eubank, 74, was killed in the accident and was reported deceased on scene.
He was taken from the scene by Reynolds Love Funeral home after Deputy Dawson County attorney Matt Neher confirmed the time of death.
Lexington ambulances transported Sharon Eubank, 73 and Belinda Katon, 74 to Lexington Regional Hospital for their injuries. John Katon, 79, was transported by the Flight for Life helicopter to Kearney and has been transferred to a hospital in Omaha.
All the occupants of the vehicle had been wearing their seatbelts.
Nebraska State Trooper Amanda Gardine said Eubank was westbound on I-80 when he overcorrected and the pickup and the camper rolled into the median. She said the wind could have been a factor, as it was blowing from the southwest at 10 mph, gusting up to 15 mph.
The remains of the pickup and camper were still being removed from the median of I-80 at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.
The Nebraska State Patrol, Troops C and D, were assisted on scene by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska Department of Transportation.