Central City woman dies after cornstalk bale lands on vehicle near Duncan
COLUMBUS, Neb. -- A Central City woman has died after a crash near Duncan on Friday.
Platte County Sheriff Ed Wemhoff says deputies were called to the scene at Highway 30 and 355th Avenue at 11:11 a.m.
Wemhoff says an investigation revealed that at the time of the accident, a 1959 Peterbilt semi pulling a trailer carrying round cornstalk bales had been traveling westbound on Highway 30, and a 1998 Lincoln Continental had been traveling eastbound on Highway 30. As the two vehicles met, a bale fell off the trailer pulled by the Peterbilt and landed on the Lincoln, Wemhoff said.
The Lincoln then exited the roadway traveling into a field on the south side of the highway.
The driver of the Peterbilt, 25-year-old Layne Laska of St. Edward, was not injured in the collision. The operator of the Lincoln, 58-year-old Lerae Ahlers of Central City, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident, Wemhoff said.
Highway 30 remined shut down for approximately an hour before it was opened to one lane, which lasted approximately another three hours.
Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor.
Members of the Nebraska State Patrol are assisting the Platte County Sheriff's Office in the investigation of this accident.
This accident remains under investigation.