NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Cold December mornings often mean ice forms on highways and bridges. Officials say it's ice on a bridge over the North Platte River that led to an accident east of North Platte.
Officials say ice is the reason a Jeep pulling a U-Haul trailer hit an oncoming SUV Tuesday morning. This accident happened on the Highway 30 bridge near the North Platte Airport.
Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Ryan Hayes says the driver of a Jeep fish-tailed and jack-knifed on the bridge around 8 a.m. The bridge was blocked until after 9 a.m.
Trooper Hayes say both vehicles sustained significant damage. Hayes blames ice for the accident and reminds drivers to always be on the look out for it. Hayes say, "The early morning hours are cold often times below freezing, so we need to keep our cruise control off and be aware of the road conditions. Just know some of these bridges and overpasses can certainly be slick. Always as a reminder, wear your seatbelt."
The impact of the accident forced some of the pieces of the trailer to fly into the river.