A married couple from Ashland were critically injured Wednesday after a towing accident just west of Weeping Water, Neb.
The accident occurred about 1:15 p.m. and shut down Nebraska Highway 50 for more than five hours.
Donald Strode, 71, and Lucille Strode, 78, were flown to Creighton University Medical Center. Donald Strode underwent surgery Wednesday night and was listed in critical condition Thursday. His wife was in fair condition.
Cass County Sheriff Bill Brueggemann said emergency crews were called about 1:15 p.m. to Highway 50, just north of state Spur 13K.
The couple had just bought a grain truck in Cook, Neb., and were towing it northbound on Highway 50 to Ashland, Brueggemann said.
Donald Strode was driving a 1997 Ford F-250 flatbed pickup and pulling a 1968 International grain truck, which was attached to the pickup by a log chain.
James Taylor, 56 of Ashland, was steering the grain truck when the drive shaft broke, causing the grain truck to sway.
The weight of the grain truck pulled against the pickup and broke the towing hitch, causing the pickup to go out of control.
Witnesses said the pickup landed on its top in the middle of Highway 50. The grain truck came to rest in the east ditch on its wheels.
Taylor was uninjured.