A Fairbury woman was injured after the car she was driving drifted off the road near Cortland.
The Gage County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a crash south of Cortland on U.S. Highway 77 last week, which was initially reported to be a rollover accident.
A press release stated that prior to the accident, a citizen had called Southeast Communications to report a driver not staying in her lane. The vehicle was described as a silver Toyota with no license plates.
A couple minutes after the original dispatch of a driving complaint, Southeast Communications was advised the vehicle had passed through Cortland and had struck a light pole near the junction of highways 77 and 41, about 2 and a half miles south of Cortland.
When deputies arrived, 23-year-old Tori Schultz from Fairbury, was on the phone and crying. The witness who had called in the driving complaint pointed her out to the deputies as the driver of the car, the press release stated. Cortland and Clatonia fire department were dispatched to the scene and transported Schultz to Bryan West Hospital in Lincoln.
The investigation determined Schultz had been drifting from lane to lane on Highway 77 from about Saltillo Road in Lincoln. After passing through Cortland, Schultz’s vehicle drifted off the highway to the right, missing a stalled vehicle on the shoulder by inches, and struck a light pole head on. The vehicle then drove into the ditch, before coming to a stop a couple hundred feet after the accident.
Alcohol is not suspected and the driver was not wearing her seatbelt. The airbags in both the driver and passenger sides deployed. Schultz had borrowed the vehicle from a friend who had purchased it two days earlier from a dealership in Lincoln. The investigation is ongoing.