FREMONT – A collision between a pickup and a tractor-trailer resulted in one person being life-flighted to Omaha on Tuesday. Tragically, the wreck cost another person their life.
Tuesday afternoon, just after 4PM at the intersection of County Roads 19 and Q, a 2000 GMC “tilt-cab” pickup truck struck a 2019 Mack tractor-trailer. The Dodge County Sheriff’s office and emergency medical crews responded to the scene, where “severe injury” was reported. Crews from Fremont Fire Department, Hooper Fire Department, Nickerson Fire Department and the Nebraska State Patrol assisted on the scene.
Rescue crews had to extricate both people in the GMC pickup from the wreckage. The passenger in the pickup, Lois Kirkpatrick of Fremont, 44, was pronounced dead by emergency crews at the scene. A helicopter was called in to transport the driver of the pickup, Matthew Hammond, 23. He was life-flighted to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, and was considered to be in critical condition. Hammond died at the hospital three days later, on Friday, September 6th.
The driver of the Mack truck, Monte Petersen, 71 of Fremont, was not injured in the crash. All three persons were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision.
There is no traffic control device at this intersection – neither stop lights nor signs.