Three teenage friends were injured late Saturday when the car they were in, being driven the wrong way on a western Douglas County road, struck a culvert and dropped 15 feet to a creek bed, authorities said.
A 17-year-old girl in the front passenger seat of the Acura RSX was ejected in the crash near 276th Street and Bennington Road, north of Valley.
The teen was not wearing a seat belt, said Nathan Darmento, a Nebraska State Patrol trooper. He declined to identify her because she is younger than 18.
The girl was taken to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, as were the driver, Casey Charf, 18, and a passenger in the back seat of the car, Connor Gourley, 19. Their injuries were serious but not life-threatening, Darmento said.
All live in Omaha.
It was unclear why Charf was driving north in the southbound lane of 276th Street, or whether speed or alcohol contributed to the crash, Darmento said. Charf told an investigator that she swerved to avoid an object in the road and lost control of the car before it left the road just before midnight.
Two other people were injured in an unrelated crash near 156th and Fort Streets about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
Melissa Lingerfelt, 19, of Omaha was driving a Ford Taurus north when she ran a red light, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
The Taurus was struck on its passenger side by a westbound F-350 with a snowplow attached driven by Chad Dalrymple, 34, of Omaha.
Lingerfelt was ticketed on suspicion of failing to obey a traffic signal.
Lingerfelt and Dalrymple were taken to Creighton University Medical Center. Their conditions were unclear, but their injuries were not considered life-threatening, authorities said.
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