Photo by Deb McCaslin
A Texas truck driver and his passenger had a close call Sunday morning, escaping what could have been a critical accident with only minor injuries.
According to the Custer County Sheriffâ€™s Office, the semi, owned by Southern Refrigerated Transport, was being driven by Steven Dale Allvord. Approximately 1 1/2 to 2 miles east of Broken Bow on Highway 2, the truck attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle in front of him.
It was 10:56 a.m., and a brief sleet shower earlier in the morning had left a slick surface on area roads and sidewalks. As Allvord pulled out in the other lane to pass, the truck began to jack-knife. The truck then slid off the highway and down through the ditch, coming to rest a mere foot and a half from the railroad tracks.
The truckâ€™s passenger, Rebecca Freeman, was transported by Broken Bow rescue to Jennie Melham Memorial Medical Center, where she was treated for minor injuries and released.
Allvord declined treatment at the scene or transport by ambulance, but was taken to JMMMC by the Broken Bow Police Department just be get checked out. He too was released.
BNSF was immediately notified and trains were slowed down and moved down just one side of the tracks at a time while debris was removed.