Nebraska

Man arrested after jumping on top of cattle truck in bizarre traffic incident

A Nebraska man has charged for causing thousands of dollars worth of damage to a semi truck and other vehicles during a strange outburst that was caught on camera.

The incident happened around 4 p.m. on Friday, January 25, in Grand Island, Nebraska when 32-year-old Salvador Gonzalez stopped traffic and began attacking vehicles.

Truck Attack

From the Grand Island Police Department report on the incident:

“Salvador walked onto westbound Hwy 30 traffic causing vehicles to stop in order to avoid striking him. Salvador then struck the hood of a Prius causing damage. Salvador climbed onto the side of a stock trailer throwing items at the confined cattle in the truck. Salvador approached the driver of the truck making inappropriate comments and screaming incoherently and attempting to get into the truck, thus disturbing the peace of the victim. Salvador climbed onto the top of the semi hitting and jumping on the top of the semi causing damage. Salvador slid down the front of the semi, damaging the antenna. Salvador also kicked the front of the semi, striking the steel cattle guard plate not causing any damage.”

Gonzalez was later arrested and charged with criminal mischief, disturbing the peace, and pedestrian interfering with the flow of traffic.

The incident reportedly caused $5000 worth of damage to the semi-truck. The Prius incurred about $1500 worth of damage, according to NTV.

Police say that they believe that Gonzalez was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident, with methamphetamine being the most likely substance. The incident remains under investigation.

You can see the video of the truck attack below.

Snow, wind make for difficult driving conditions; some places in southeastern Nebraska receive more than 8 inches

Crews work at the scene of a semi truck accident on I-80 westbound near Waverly on Sunday. High winds and blowing snow along with overnight rain made for slick driving conditions and reduced visibility.

Blowing snow caused several accidents along Interstate 80 on Sunday morning as a storm system moved through the area.

At about 8:30 a.m. near Waverly, a westbound semi slid off the road, according to a Nebraska State Patrol press release. Shortly after, the driver of a second semi lost control and ran into the first semi. The driver of the second truck was taken to Bryan West Campus with unknown injuries, and the driver of the first semi was uninjured.

The state patrol closed a portion of westbound I-80 from mile marker 426 to 409 for more than two hours due to the semi accident and several other accidents along that stretch of the interstate.

By Sunday evening, troopers with the state patrol had responded to about 100 weather-related incidents since midnight, including 20 crashes and more than 70 instances of vehicles sliding off the road.

There also was a serious accident on Highway 71 later in the day between Scottsbluff and I-80. A northbound 2005 Chevrolet Equinox drove off the road and rolled through the snow-packed median and southbound lanes. The driver was life-flighted to a local hospital with serious injuries, while the three passengers, all minors, were transported to the hospital with less serious injuries.

Though snow accumulation was less than three inches in Lincoln, according to reports given to the National Weather Service, winds gusting up to 40 mph reduced visibility to zero at some points along roads and highways in the area.

As of Sunday evening, Lincoln city officials said most arterial streets and bus routes had been cleared, but warned drivers to use caution during the Monday commute as patches of ice were likely to form overnight due to temperatures in the mid-teens.

According to Brian Smith, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Valley, the heaviest snowfall hit southeastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Observers in Tecumseh were reporting 9 inches of snow, while Auburn reported 8 inches.

A mangled semi truck sits in the median on I-80 westbound near Waverly on Sunday. High winds and blowing snow along with overnight rain made for slick driving conditions and reduced visibility.

A vehicle sits in the ditch along West Van Dorn Street on Sunday. High winds and blowing snow along with overnight rain made for slick driving conditions and reduced visibility.

Crash topples livestock trailer near Mead

Slippery roads are being blamed for a traffic accident near Mead, Nebraska Monday morning that sent a livestock trailer toppling to the pavement with a load of hogs on board.

The semi fell onto its side on an icy highway just south of Mead, in Saunders County.

The hogs remained confined in the trailer after the accident. Those that survived had to be transferred to another trailer before a tow truck could get the damaged trailer back on its wheels.

The driver of the truck was not hurt.

It was not initially clear how many of the hogs survived.