Spilled Load Causes Freak Accident on Hwy 275 and Sends Driver to Hospital

At about 5:24 p.m. on Friday evening the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a one vehicle accident on Hwy 275 about eight miles east of Norfolk. The accident occurred when a westbound SUV driven by Elliott Lierman, 45, of Wisner encountered and struck a large tree log that had just fallen out of the back of a westbound pickup. The impact forced the SUV into the median and deployed the airbags within the SUV. Lierman was transported to FRHS by Stanton Fire/Rescue for treatment. Two passengers in the SUV declined medical attention. The SUV was disabled and towed from the scene. The pickup driver was unaware of the spilled load and voluntarily returned to the scene when contacted. One lane of Hwy 275 was closed for about 45 minutes as the scene was cleared. Stanton County Emergency Management also responded.