A two-vehicle crash Wednesday night near Council Bluffs left three people injured, including one with a nearly-severed arm. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says the accident happened about four miles east of Council Bluffs around 9:45 P.M.
Danker says the driver of an SUV, 16-year-old Megan Nelson of Treynor, was traveling east on Highway Six as a car driven by an unidentified man was traveling west. He says the car crossed the centerline of the road and struck the SUV. Nelson told authorities she thinks the collision occurred because the other driver had swerved to miss a deer on the road.
The sheriff says there was nothing to indicate the man had been drinking. Danker says the car’s driver was trapped and seriously injured in the crash. He was extricated and flown by helicopter to the hospital. He says the man’s arm was nearly severed at the elbow and would be amputated at the shoulder. He’s listed in stable condition on life support at Creighton University Hospital in Omaha.
A female passenger in his car suffered minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment. Danker says Nelson suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs. Her two younger sisters, who were traveling with her, were not hurt.