Car Collides with City Road Grader, in Downtown Beatrice

Car Collides with City Road Grader, in Downtown Beatrice
Photo: Matthew Shea

BEATRICE – A woman was taken to Beatrice Community Hospital this morning, after her car struck a Beatrice City road grader head-on, while it was clearing ice and snow.

Police and Beatrice Fire and Rescue personnel were sent to the 700-block of Ella Street shortly before six a.m.

The grader was plowing in the opposition direction on the westbound one-way street.   An investigating officer says 32-year-old Sheena Hammond, of Beatrice was driving a 1993 Pontiac sedan west on Ella Street when her vehicle struck a City of Beatrice Champion road grader, operated by 54-year-old Matthew Hanshaw.  Hanshaw told police his eastbound grader with a large plow attached, was moving at about three-miles-per hour, when he saw the sedan coming toward him.  Hanshaw told police he thought the car would move over, but continued at him and struck the front of the machine.

A witness who was also traveling westbound told police he did not observe brake lights on the car and said it was not traveling at excessive speed, but did not slow down before the collision. The speed limit in that area is 25 miles per hour, reduced from 35 miles per hour a couple blocks to the east.

The investigating officer said the car’s windshield was nearly covered in ice, except for a small clear patch near the bottom of the driver’s side.

Hammond was transported by rescue personnel to Beatrice Community Hospital, for treatment of minor injuries.  Hanshaw was not hurt. The Pontiac was totaled and was towed from the scene.  The road grader had no damage.

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