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A car crashed into a road grader heading east on Ella Street early Friday morning as shown in this photo posted to Facebook.

Photo via Facebook/Matthew Shea

A car crashed into a road grader just before 6 a.m. in Beatrice on Friday morning.

A 1993 Pontiac Grand Am collided with a road grader that was plowing snow on Ella Street between Sixth and Seventh streets at 5:51 a.m. on Friday, sending the driver of the Pontiac, Beatrice resident Sheena Hammond, to the hospital.

According to the Beatrice Police Department, the grader, which was heading east on Ella and driven by Beatrice resident Matthew Hanshaw, was plowing the road at about three miles per hour when Hammond's car hit the plow head-on.

Police said Hammond was bleeding from her forehead and complained of chest and leg pain following the crash. Police also said it appeared that Hammond had not been wearing a seatbelt.

A witness who was behind Hammond's car told police that he did not see the Pontiac's brake lights before the crash and that it did not appear to be traveling at an excessive speed.

Police said that the windshield of Hammond's car was covered in ice, with only a small patch near the bottom of the driver's side clear. 

No damage to the road grader was reported, but the Pontiac was towed away from the scene and Hammond was taken to Beatrice Community Hospital by a Beatrice Fire and Rescue ambulance.


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