A Saunders County man was critically injured in a head-on crash on a bridge over the Elkhorn River in northwest Douglas County.
Steven Esch, 50, was thrown from his pickup truck and was taken by medical helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy.
According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses said Esch was traveling east at a high speed and passing other vehicles on Nebraska Highway 36/Pawnee Road as he approached the bridge.
As he crossed the bridge, he tried to pass a pickup pulling a loaded trailer, according to the Sheriff's Office. His Ford F-250 then collided with the westbound F-350.
The driver of the other pickup, Juan Maxwell, 32, of Douglas County, suffered minor injuries and was taken to CUMC-Bergan Mercy for observation.
The crash is under investigation by the Sheriff's Office and Nebraska State Patrol.
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