Two men were injured Saturday after a utility vehicle crashed at Beatrice Speedway.
Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday, the Gage County Sheriff’s Office and Beatrice Fire and Rescue responded to Beatrice Speedway for a wreck involving a UTV vehicle.
According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, a Polaris UTV had entered onto the racetrack at the Beatrice Speedway. As the Polaris UTV was traveling around turn three on the racetrack, it lost control due to speed, the press release stated.
As the vehicle began to slide, it turned sideways and rolled. Both the driver and passenger in the vehicle were ejected from the vehicle during the rollover.
Tyler L. Jackson, 24, of Lincoln, was transported to Beatrice Community Hospital by Beatrice Fire and Rescue for injuries sustained during the crash. Nicholas D. Danley, 36, of Waverly, sustained minor injuries and was not transported.
Both Jackson and Danley had been consuming alcohol prior to the wreck.
Lisa Wiegand, with the Gage County Ag Society, said the two had attended the Friday night races and at least one of the men, Jackson, had competed that evening.
She added that his last race was up to three hours prior to the incident, which occurred after the races had ended, and race officials strictly enforce alcohol regulations for drivers.
“We have officials out there and if they suspect or see something like that, they’re pretty much ‘Johnny on the spot’ as far as reporting that,” she said. “…We try to take every precaution there is when it comes to driving. Drivers are instructed no drinking should take place.”
Typically after races end for the evening, the lights remain on for an hour to allow drivers to pack things up before they leave. Extra security was in place Saturday, though Wiegand wasn’t able to say if alcohol enforcement would be permanently increased at the track.
She said no trespassing charges were being pursued and no suspensions from the track were expected, adding that Jackson raced the next evening.
The press release stated there is a discrepancy as far as who was driving at the time of the wreck. Danley was issued a citation for false reporting. Seat belts were not being utilized by the driver or the passenger. Speed and alcohol are believed to be a factor in the accident.