Trucker, 67, ticketed in connection with fatal crash north of Lincoln

A 67-year-old truck driver from Garland, Nebraska, has been ticketed on suspicion of misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide in connection with a fatal crash just north of Lincoln. The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said Gary Jacobsen also was ticketed Wednesday on suspicion of failure to yield the right of way, careless driving and not wearing a seat belt. The crash Dec.

6 between two large trucks occurred about 6 a.m. at U.S. Highway 77 and Waverly Road, the Sheriff’s Office said after wrapping up its investigation into the matter. The probe found that Jacobsen was driving a westbound commercial dump truck with a trailer hauling rock on Waverly Road when the truck stopped at a stop sign before pulling onto Highway 77.

After crossing the northbound lanes and then entering the southbound lanes, Jacobsen’s truck struck the driver’s side of a southbound semitrailer truck hauling grain, the Sheriff’s Office said. The semi was driven by Brandon Gerdes, 21, of Osmond, Nebraska. The crash caused Gerdes’ semi to overturn and catch fire, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Gerdes was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

Jacobsen was taken to a Lincoln hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The Sheriff’s Office said Gerdes was wearing a seat belt.

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