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Snow Causes Multiple Wrecks

Motorhome Wreck 2-4-14Heavy snowfall and white out conditions on Russell County highways Tuesday led to several accidents around the county.

One of the most serious was a motorhome turned on its side in a ditch on Highway 281 about eight miles north of Russell.

According to a recent law enforcement report, at about 2:30 PM Tuesday a 911 call was received from a passing motorist reporting the wreck. Dispatch then received a call from Thomas Kilcullen of Nebraska advising he was the driver and was not injured but he was unable to get out of the motorhome through either door.

Russell County Undersheriff Max Barrett was first on scene and advised he was able to get Kilcullen out of the vehicle, which was a 1986 Honey Motorhome pulling a Toyota pickup truck.

Russell County EMS, Undersheriff Barrett and Deputies from the Russell County Sheriff's Office, and the Russell City Fire Rescue Unit responded to the wreck.

Russell County authorities also responded to two semi truck accidents Tuesday, both of which were on Interstate 70.

The first occurred at 10:30 AM near mile marker 184 where a semi slipped off the road into the ditch. The driver advised he could not get any traction and a tow service was contacted to pull him out. The driver was not injured.

At 11:30 AM, a passing motorist called and advised of a semi jack-knifed at the Gorham exit on I-70. Sheriff's Deputies responded and found the semi on the westbound off ramp with the driver out of the truck and walking around uninjured.

Roads around the area remain slick and snowpacked. Please be careful if you must drive or travel.

(Photo courtesy of Russell County Sheriff's Office.)

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