Nebraska Midday Summary 5/29/15
A new study finds almost two-thirds of people injured or killed in crashes involving a teen driver are people -other- than the teen behind the wheel. Rose White, traffic safety director at Triple-A-Nebraska, says we’re now in what’s considered the “100 Deadliest Days,” the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when teen crash fatalities historically climb. Kids are out of school, White says, and often have access to vehicles. While great strides are being made to improve driver safety, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for drivers between the ages of 15 and 19. White says keeping teen drivers safe is the shared responsibility of parents, policy makers, other motorists and the teens themselves.
Police in Gering police are on the lookout for 24-year-old Levi Hartman who’s accused of robbing his grandparents and tying them up in their basement. Hartman’s grandparents John and Marsha Hegwood were robbed at their home around 1 P-M Sunday by two men. Marsha Hegwood says she was sprayed with pepper spray and saw that her grandson, Levi Hartman, was one of the men. The Hegwoods say their two vehicles were stolen as well as 155- dollars in cash and two credit cards. One of the vehicles has been found.
Union Pacific is renovating its main line east of Grand Island and as far as Columbus. The railroad will replace 36-thousand concrete rail ties and put in place 153-thousand tons of new ballast. Nearly 100 trains are operated by the railroad daily over this section of the main line across Nebraska.