Distracted Junk Jaunt driving is being blamed for a two-vehicle accident Friday on Highway 2 at Berwyn.
The Custer County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the scene of the accident at 5:49 p.m. Saturday afternoon, at the intersection of Highway 2 and Center Street in Berwyn. Connie L. Harper, 57 of Comstock, was driving a 2000 Dodge Durango east on Highway 2 when she attempted to turn in to Berwyn.
According to the CCSO, Harper turned into the path of an oncoming westbound 2008 Ford, driven by Christina Kloch, 33 of Alliance. Kloch's mother, Cathy Kloch, 63, also of Alliance, was transported to Jennie Melham Memorial Medical Center by Ansley Rescue.
Neither Harper nor her passenger, Allen Drake, were transported to the hospital.
Kloch’s vehicle, which is owned by Alliance Public Schools, was declared a total loss. Harper’s vehicle sustained an estimated $4,500 in damage.
According to the report, all occupants of both vehicles were properly restrained. The Custer County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.
Law enforcement is generally heightened during the Nebraska Junk Jaunt, as distracted drivers tend to be involved in numerous accidents. While there were a few “fender benders,” this was the only injury accident in Custer County over the three-day event.