WEC offenders offered aid after collision

Friday, December 20, 2002

Five Work Ethic Camp offenders assisted the corporal supervising their work project when she was injured in a collision, according to Greg Bates, public information officer at the facility.

At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, approximately 10 miles north of McCook on U.S. Highway 83, Corp. Patricia Brown, 41, was alone in a van when it was struck by a northbound armored car.

Members of the crew of five offenders, who were out of the vehicle working along the roadside at the time of the accident, helped the corporal out of the damaged crew van and rendered aid, according to Bates' release.

They also assisted in clearing debris from the roadway, and were then returned to the Work Ethic Camp.

Brown was taken by ambulance to Community Hospital of McCook for examination and treatment, was held overnight for observation and released Thursday morning.

The driver of the armored truck, Christopher D. Runyan, 29, Grand Island, and his passenger did not require treatment.

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