The Gage County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol, Odell Fire, Odell Rescue & Quick Response Team, Wymore Fire & Rescue, along with Beatrice Rescue responded to the area of State Highway 112 and Nebraska Highway 8 at approximately 10:45 a.m. Wednesday morning on a reported motor vehicle accident with injuries.
Once on scene deputies observed two vehicles, a pickup truck and a semi-tractor trailer approximately 300 yards north of the Nebraska Highways 8 & 112 intersection. The driver of the pickup truck had been ejected and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the semi reported no injuries.
The preliminary investigation revealed the pickup driven by John Scheuler, 66, of Diller, was traveling north on Nebraska Highway 112 when he lost control on the snow-packed road crossing into the southbound lane in front of the southbound semi driven by Robert Brackett, 39, of Omaha. The front of Brackett’s semi collided with the passenger side of Scheuler’s pickup. The semi came to rest in the southbound lane, while the pickup came to rest in the west ditch.
Scheuler’s restraints are not believed to be in use, and no airbag deployed. Brackett’s lap and shoulder belts were in use, and no airbags available. Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to have been a factor in the accident.
(Report From The Gage County Sheriff’s Office)