Head-on crash near Slater sends Madrid man to hospital in ‘serious condition’

A Madrid man had to be rescued by first responders after becoming trapped in his vehicle following a head-on crash near Slater on Friday.

According to Story County Sheriff’s Office Captain Nicholas Lennie, a 25-year-old male from the town of Madrid was driving westbound on Highway 210 when he collided with an oncoming pickup truck that was heading eastbound. The crash occurred near the intersection of 520th Avenue, just east of Slater.

A 911 call reporting the wreck was placed at approximately 6:20 p.m. on Friday.

Lennie told StoryCounty.News that the unidentified male, who was driving a 2006 Saturn Ion, was the only occupant inside his vehicle. The 2017 GMC Sierra pickup truck had two occupants at the time of the crash.

 “What we have from witness reports is that it seems the westbound driver was swerving in the roadway,” Lennie relayed. “The truck slammed on its brakes, and [the two vehicles] collided head-on.”

According to Lennie, first responders arrived at the scene to find the Madrid male trapped in his vehicle. Authorities requested Life Flight services, but helicopters were unable to travel due to fog.

After being freed from the vehicle, the man was transported by ambulance to an area hospital in “serious condition”. Neither occupant of the pickup truck required hospitalization, per Lennie.

Lennie added that investigators have “no suspicion of OWI” and believe low visibility due to foggy conditions played a role in the wreck.

As of Monday morning, no update on the Madrid male’s condition had been provided.

In addition to the Sheriff’s Office, the Huxley Police Department, Slater EMS and Fire, Huxley Fire, Kelley Fire, and Mary Greeley Medical Center paramedics assisted at the scene.

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