Hebron emergency workers were called to the scene of a fiery crash that left one man injured Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m., in Hebron. The extent of Joshua Gumaer’s injuries are unknown, but according to the Thayer County Sheriff’s Office, he was expected to be held overnight Tuesday at Thayer County Health Services.
Gumaer, heading east on Highway 136 in his 1994 Chevrolet pickup, was stopped at the U.S. 81 intersection stop sign when he proceeded to pull into the path of an oncoming pickup pulling a camper.
Donald Grondahl, of Minnesota, was headed north on U.S. 81 when Gumaer pulled into his lane of traffic. Grondahl could not avoid a collision and hit Gumaer sending both into a westbound 2007 Toyota Tundra driven by Dana Schleufer of Beatrice. Schleufer was stopped at the Highway 136 stop sign when Grondahl and Gumaer hit his vehicle.
Gumaer’s truck entered the northeast ditch and caught fire. Rescue personnel were able to retrieve Gumaer from the fiery accident and take him to the hospital.
Grondahl and a passenger were also taken to the hospital where they were checked over for injuries and released.
Schleufer was not hurt and was able to drive away from the scene.
Both Gumaer’s and Grondahl’s vehicles were totalled.