Man injured in Parkway accident identified

2012-08-07T10:18:00Z 2012-08-07T11:57:17Z Man injured in Parkway accident identifiedBy Jim Osborn Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — A rural Columbus man who was seriously injured in a Monday afternoon crash involving a pickup and semitractor trailer on Lost Creek Parkway has been transferred to an Omaha hospital.

Pickup driver Brad Luchsinger, 54, was treated at Columbus Community Hospital and transferred to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha after the 5:14 p.m. accident at the intersection of the parkway and East 38th Street.

Luchsinger was listed in stable condition this morning.

Semitractor trailer driver Derek Hueschen, 24, also of rural Columbus, was not injured in the crash in the parkway’s northbound lanes just north of WalMart Supercenter.

Police said Luchsinger’s pickup was westbound on East 38th Street and pulled onto the parkway when it collided with the northbound semitractor trailer.

Luchsinger’s pickup was struck on the driver’s side door, police said.

Traffic on East 38th Street, a gravel access road that crosses the parkway, is controlled by east and west stops signs.

Multiple ambulances and emergency vehicles were called to the scene, where the pickup sat near the jack-knifed semi. The accident closed the northbound lanes of the parkway at WalMart.

According to early police radio dispatch reports on Monday afternoon, a man was trapped inside the pickup, but was conscious.

Luchsinger was cited in the accident.

Luchsinger’s pickup was estimated a total loss. Damage to the semi was estimated at $3,000.

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