A Fremont man died after his car went under a tanker trailer filled with diesel fuel on U.S. Highway 30 east of Columbus, crossed three lanes of highway, and ran into a ditch.
The Colfax County Attorney’s Office reports 53-year-old Terry Kirchmann died at the scene.
According to the accident report released by the office, 60-year-old Roger Baumgart of Humphrey had just filled the tanker at the NuStar fuel terminal and attempted to turn west on Highway 30 when Kirchmann struck the semi tractor-trailer. Baumgart wasn’t injured.
Authorities closed a portion of the roadway for several hours during the initial investigation.
The Nebraska State Patrol continues to investigate the accident.