A 66-year-old Lincoln man was pronounced dead at Lincoln Bryan LGH West Monday morning, as a result of a violent collision between two Ford pickups at the Shubert corner, where Highways 67 and 62 meet.
Gary Ossenkop was eastbound in a Ford F-150 at about 8 a.m. and investigators believe the blinding rising sun on the horizon, combined with unfamiliarity with the local highways, caused him to run through the stop sign where the east-west Highway 62 meets north-south 67, just east of Shubert. When he did, a southbound F-150, driven by Charles “Chuck” O’Grady, 55, a Falls City native who lives in Omaha, traveling about 60 miles per hour, struck Ossenkop’s vehicle almost directly on the driver’s side door. All airbags in both vehicles deployed.
O’Grady was wearing his seatbelt and escaped severe injury. Richardson County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Frederick, who responded to the scene with Sheriff Don Pounds, said it’s unknown if Ossenkop was wearing his seatbelt.
Both men were transported to Community Medical Center in Falls City by Nemaha County Rescue and Ossenkop was then taken by Life Flight to Lincoln. He was pronounced dead at 11:14 a.m.
Immediately following the accident, Ossenkop was in a great amount of pain, but was able to communicate with rescue personnel.
“He was coherent – he knew what medical personnel were telling him,” Dep. Frederick said.
In addition to the members of the Sheriff’s Dept., members of the Stella Fire Dept. and RC Emergency Managment Director Brian Dixon were also on the scene.