Gage County Sheriff’s investigators say the car, driven by 41-year-old Bobbie Rodriguez, of Beatrice, was traveling north on U.S. Highway 77, when her car slid off the east side of the highway and into a ditch.
The vehicle landed nose-down in a small creek. Rodriguez called authorities at 7:54 a.m., Saturday, saying her Toyota Scion had slid off the highway and that the interior of the car was filling with water. The driver could only say she was between Cortland and Filley.
Dispatchers from Southeast Communications in Beatrice were able to triangulate the 911 call made from a cell phone and relay the information to a sheriff’s investigator who was in the area.
The investigator found the vehicle stuck in a creek at a 45-degree angle. It was not visible from the road.
Cortland Fire officials were summoned and used extrication equipment to remove the driver and a passenger from the flooding vehicle. Both were taken to a Lincoln hospital for treatment of exposure.
Several inches of snow had fallen overnight. Both occupants of the car had been wearing seatbelts, slick highway conditions a factor in the accident.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice