Heavy rain causes two freak vehicle accidents

Written April 22nd, 2015

This washout was the cause of two vehicle accidents in the same spot west of Verdigre the morning of Sunday, April 19.

According to a report by Don Henery, Know County Sheriff, on April 19, 2015, at 5:43 a.m., the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two-vehicle accident with injuries.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office investigated the accident which was located ¼ of a mile south of 876 Rd. on 515 Ave. A
2003 Chevy pickup driven by Brian Oglevie of Seward, Neb., was northbound on 515 Ave. en route to go turkey hunting in
rural Knox County. Due to heavy rain, the road and culvert were washed out sometime during the nighttime hours.

Oglevie’s vehicle drove into the washout and hit the embankment on the north side of the washout. Oglevie was trapped inside the
vehicle. The second vehicle, a 1996 Chevy Corsica driven by Amy Clemens of rural Knox County, was southbound on 515
Ave. Clemens didn’t see the pickup owned by Oglevie, which was partially hidden after driving into the washout. Clemens’
vehicle ramped over the top of the pickup, collided with the opposite embankment and then overturned on the roadway.
Clemens was then trapped inside of her vehicle.

Verdigre Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and extricated both drivers from their vehicles. Both Clemens and Oglevie were transported to the Avera Creighton Hospital by Verdigre EMTs. They were both treated and transferred from there by air ambulances. The status of Oglevie and Clemens is unknown at this time.

Both vehicles were totaled in the collisions. Jimson towing of Orchard and Butch’s Towing of Royal were both needed to
recover the vehicles which were towed to Butch’s Towing in Royal.

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