Gothenburg, Nebraska – A thick blanket of early morning fog on Wednesday, Sept. 20, played a significant role in a collision involving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and an SUV, leaving both drivers hospitalized.
Cheri Bromander asked for prayers and wrote,
“PRAYER WARRIORS! – Please pray for Travis Pieper and his family. Travis is an exceptional young man and needs all the prayers he can get!Below is an update from his sister.Here is a little history/update on Trav!His left leg was amputated. As of right now it is looking good!They were able to pin his femur on his left side and that went as well as they could have hoped for this morning!His left arm has a big battle to fight. Currently it is open, packed and wrapped up. They washed it and debrided it this morning and were very happy with the healthy muscle! His elbow is in extremely rough shape, one of those bones was dislodged- that is currently in the freezer with hopes that during reconstructive surgery next week that they can save his arm.His kidneys are really struggling so he is currently on dialysis and we are seeing good improvements with that.There is still fluid on his lungs that are trying to remove so that he doesn’t develop pneumonia.No head injuries. no spinal injuries. We have not been able to CT his neck to clear that as he has metal external fixtures on his arm currently. BUT he can move his right leg and right arm so we are feeling pretty good that his neck will be clear!He has remained stable through the night and today which is awesome – he is a fighter with God on his side.We appreciate your support and prayers so much more than you know. please keep praying for Travis”.
Hamilton County Sheriff Jeromy McCoy reported that the incident occurred shortly after 7 a.m. on Highway 14, just north of 20th Road. Sheila Hiebner of Aurora was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee northbound when she attempted to pass another vehicle and collided with the southbound motorcycle operated by 31-year-old Travis Pieper of Gothernburg. The collision forced both vehicles into the ditch, resulting in the motorcycle catching fire.
Hiebner was swiftly transported by ambulance to Grand Island Regional Medical Center, where she received treatment for minor injuries. Meanwhile, Pieper faced more severe injuries and was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island. Later, he was airlifted to Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha, where he remains in critical condition as of Thursday.
During the incident, first responders were at the scene directing traffic on Highway 14, rerouting it via 20th, 21st, and R Roads, under the guidance of state troopers.
The response to this unfortunate incident involved multiple agencies, including the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska Highway Patrol, Aurora and Marquette Fire Departments, and Aurora Ambulance, showcasing the collaborative effort in managing emergencies within the community.