Accident leaves two in critical condition

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Two McCook residents are reported in critical condition in hospitals in Kearney and Lincoln following a two-vehicle accident at 9:05 p.m., Tuesday, about three miles south of McCook on U.S. Highway 83.

April Redfield was transported to Bryan LGH West in Lincoln and her husband, Chancelor L., "Chance," 24, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. A baby in the Redfield car is reported to be uninjured.

The driver of the second vehicle, Barbara A. Schmidt of Oakley, Kan., 55, was treated at and released from Community Hospital of McCook. Her passenger, whose name was not provided, was still hospitalized this morning in the McCook hospital.

A report by Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Jeremiah Johnson indicates that Chance Redfield was southbound, had slowed and was attempting to make a U-turn on the highway when his car was struck on the driver's side by the southbound Schmidt SUV.

All occupants from both vehicles were transported to McCook's hospital by ambulances and personnel from McCook and Indianola.

Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor in the accident, Johnson's report indicates.

Seat belts were not in use in the Redfield car; both occupants of the Schmidt SUV were wearing seat belts.

Both vehicles were totaled.

Assisting on the scene were personnel from the Red Willow County Sheriff's Department and the Red Willow Western Rural Fire Department.

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