Three Vehicle Crash Causes Evacuation of Scottsbluff Apartment Complex

Three Vehicle Crash Causes Evacuation of Scottsbluff Apartment Complex
(Murphy/KNEB/RRN)
July 24th, 2021 | rmurphy

An early Saturday morning crash in on East Overland kept Scottsbluff Police officers busy.

Around 12:45 a.m., police were dispatched to the 1300 block of East Overland Drive in reference to an injury accident involving a vehicle that rolled over.  It was later determined that three separate passenger vehicles were involved. 

The initial impact involved a 2002 Chrysler Concord driven by 31-year-old Joseph Montoya of Scottsbluff, which was east bound on East Overland Drive and struck the rear of 2016 Ford F150 driven by 19-year-old Joel Torres of Scottsbluff, which was also eastbound on East Overland. 
The Concord struck the rear of the F-150 causing it to strike a sign at 1308 East Overland Drive and then roll. The Concord then veered off through the sidewalk area in front of Dermer’s Liquor before striking a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 25-year-old of Ignacio Rocha of Mitchell.

The Silverado had just turned off of East Overland Drive to travel northbound on 14th Ave.  The Concord stuck the front driver’s side bumper of the Silverado in the northbound lane of 14th Ave before then continuing eastbound glancing off a tree and striking a gas meter at the Eastwood Apartments located at 1413 East Overland Drive.

A gas leak was caused by the collision and the residents of the Eastwood Apartments were evacuated while the leak was contained.

Both the Concord and F-150 suffered total losses due to damage and were towed from the scene.  The Silverado sustained an estimated $4,000 in damages.

  Montoya was transported from the scene to Regional West Medical Center with serious injuries. The three occupants of the roll over vehicle had complaints of pain and intended on seeking medical attention. No injuries were reported from the two occupants of the Silverado.

East Overland was closed off for approximately 1 hour. Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Department, Scottsbluff Fire, Valley Ambulance and Black Hills Energy also responded to the scene.  Charges are currently pending.

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