8 people were injured Monday evening in a car accident involving 3 vehicles in Norfolk, Nebraska. The wreck occurred when one southbound driver, Timothy Pritchett, crashed into a westbound vehicle hauling a trailer at the intersection of Highway 275 and Highway 24.
Both vehicles then entered the eastbound lane of Highway 275, and were struck by a third vehicle. All 3 came to a stop in the southeast corner of the intersection.
Pritchett suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash, and was airlifted to Sioux City Hospital for treatment. He was reported as being in extremely critical condition.
7 others were also sent to the hospital, all with non-life-threatening injuries, including a passenger in Pritchett’s vehicle, the driver and 4 passengers in the second vehicle, and the driver of the third vehicle. Most of those in the second vehicle were students on their way back from a local one-act play competition. According to the principal Terry Gray of their school, Twin River High School in Genoa, the injuries to the students consisted of “bumps and bruises.”
No police report has been filed at this time, but the Norfolk Police Division Specialized Accident Investigation Team reviewed the scene for several hours Monday night.