Four injured in Monday accident

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

McCOOK, Neb. -- Four Lexington residents were taken to Community Hospital following a two-vehicle accident near Indianola Monday evening.

According to the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office, "n the evening of the 19th of July at approximately 8:21 p.m. a motor vehicle accident took place on Highway 6/34 about 1 tenth of a mile west of Indianola, Nebraska. A Ford F250 driven by Carlton J. O”Dea was eastbound on the highway, pulling a 40’ round bale trailer was making a wide turn into a field drive when a Mazda 6, also eastbound on the highway did not recognize the pickup pulling the trailer was making a wide turn. The Mazda braked hard but the driver was unable to miss the trailer. The trailer received minor damage while the Mazda received extensive damage. "The driver of the pickup, O'Dea was uninjured while all four occupants of the Mazda were transported to Community Hospital in McCook by the McCook Fire and Rescue and the Indianola Ambulance.

"Injured were the driver; Eulalia Lopez Torcero, 38; her husband, Andres Elasquee Lopez, 41, Izabel Maricela Lopez Torcero, 29 and Celia Valasquez Lopez, 19 all from Lexington, Nebraska.

"The accident is still under investigation by the Red Willow County Sheriff’s Office. Traffic control was completed by the Indianola Volunteer Fire Department."

Because of regulations, Community Hospital was unable to release information about the conditions of those taken to the hospital.

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  • The Jake Braking issue is one for those in the country along the highways. It never bothered me, but upset the other half more so when he was sleeping. The last year he was alive was when it started upsetting me. More then once when he was sleeping he would be jerked awake by the jake braking. We had one truck that went by that was really bad about it. I well remember though how that hurt to see him jerked awake cause of some trucker jake braking. I wondered if those truckers would go by a hospital, nursing home jake braking? What is the purpose of it anyway? My husband is gone now, if the jake braking is still going on, I never notice it, yet a little consideration should be given to others.

    -- Posted by S&P1958 on Tue, Jul 20, 2021, at 6:03 PM
  • Regarding Jake Braking: My husband Rod and I haven't lived in McCook for many years. We came back this past Memorial Day weekend to pay respects to our loved ones and visit our relatives. We were eating lunch at Mac's Drive In when several trucks went through town at a higher rate of speed, it seemed, than is posted and did the Jake Brake. My reaction was one of total surprise! I am amazed that it continues to be allowed and it seems to be a very immature behavior, plus disrespectful, and doesn't show consideration for the majority of people who find this behavior disgusting. I am one of them. By: Dixie K. Wachholtz.

    -- Posted by rwachholtz1 on Thu, Jul 22, 2021, at 8:00 PM
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