Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputies and multiple emergency service groups responded to several car accidents across the county on Saturday.
The first accident took place at 2:04 a.m. at mile marker 419 in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80. CCSO deputies and Ashland Fire and Rescue personnel arrived at the scene for a one-vehicle rollover accident.
Deputies said Lincoln resident Mario Andrade Guerrero, 22, lost control of his vehicle on the interstate. The car entered the north ditch of the road and rolled over before it came to rest with its roof on the ground. Deputies arrested Guerrero on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Maximino Rodriguez, 21, was a passenger in the car and declined medical services. Ashland Rescue transported two other passengers to BryanLGH West in Lincoln for injuries. Amara A. Castellanos, 23, and Ashlyn L. Kroulik, 23, were both taken to the hospital.
Two additional accidents took place at the same location near Plattsmouth late Saturday afternoon. CCSO deputies and members of Plattsmouth Volunteer Fire Department and Plattsmouth Rescue traveled to a two-vehicle injury accident at the intersection of Bay Road and 18th Street. Rescue crews were on their way to the scene when they learned a second accident had been reported at the same place.
Deputies said Plattsmouth resident Ashley K. Bratic, 21, was westbound on Bay Road when a deer entered the street and struck her vehicle at 5:51 p.m. Bellevue resident Kira A. Capps, 16, was following Bratic’s car and rear-ended it.
Papillion resident Matthew C. Downing, 36, was also westbound on Bay Road and slowed down when he saw the initial accident. Deputies said Plattsmouth resident Gaylene A. Johnson, 80, rear-ended Downing’s vehicle on the road.
Plattsmouth Rescue transported Bratic to Nebraska Medicine Bellevue for treatment of minor injuries. CCSO deputies issued a citation to Capps for following too close. Deputies said all drivers involved were wearing seat belts.
The final accident took place on Waverly Road west of 262nd Street at 7:46 p.m. CCSO deputies, Nebraska State Patrol troopers and members of Elmwood Fire, Elmwood Rescue, Murdock Fire and Cass County Emergency Medical Services all responded to a one-vehicle rollover accident.
Deputies said Wilber resident Thomas Kastanek, 64, was westbound on Waverly Road and lost control of his 2005 Nissan Frontier. Deputies said Kastanek’s vehicle rolled three-quarters of the way around and narrowly avoided traveling into a ravine near the road.
Kastanek was able to extricate himself from the vehicle after the accident. He declined medical treatment at the scene but was transported by private vehicle to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln. Deputies said Kastanek was wearing a seat belt at the time. They also said alcohol was not a factor in the accident.