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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Beltway fatality investigators say car pulled into intersection against the light

  • Investigators say Nebraska City man pulled in front of truck against a red light at the south intersection of J. Sterling Morton Beltway on Sept. 10.
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  • The Otoe County Sheriff's Office reports that witnesses came forward Tuesday to help investigators better understand an an accident at the south intersection of the J. Sterling Morton Beltway that killed a 64-year-old Nebraska City
    Richard Fairbanks was driving a 1997 Buick Lesabre south on 11th Street and was crossing the westbound lanes of Highway 2. A westbound truck and semi-trailer struck the Buick on the driver's side.
    At the scene, no one told sheriff deputies say they saw Fairbanks and other traffic stopped on 11th Street.
    On Wednesday, witnesses came forward that said that Fairbanks and other traffic was stopped at a red light at the intersection and Fairbanks started forward against the red light around 12:20 a.m.
    Some witnesses have told investigators that it appeared that Fairbanks was talking on a cellular telephone prior to the collision.
    Nebraska City Fire and EMS removed the passenger side doors and peeled back the roof to get Fairbanks free of the vehicle.
    He died at St. Mary's Community Hospital.
    The driver of the truck, 61-year-old Theresa K. Beckmann of Morrison, Ill., appeared to be uninjured.
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