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State snowplow driver crashes into Platte River after being followed by US marshals
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State snowplow driver crashes into Platte River after being followed by US marshals

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A Nebraska Department of Transportation truck in the Platte River on Tuesday.

The driver of a Nebraska Department of Transportation snowplow that was being followed by U.S. marshals and Sarpy County sheriff's deputies was arrested after the vehicle crashed in the Platte River south of Gretna on Tuesday.

At about 8:30 a.m., the U.S. Marshals Metro Fugitive Task Force learned that a wanted federal fugitive could be in a snowplow near the Nebraska Crossing Outlets, according to Deputy U.S. Marshal Will Iverson. Marshals began following the plow southbound on Nebraska 31 from a distance, and they were soon joined by deputies from the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office.

A few minutes later, Iverson said the plow left the highway east of Schramm State Park on Nebraska 31 and landed in the river. The driver then "popped out of the cab," he added, and both agencies rendered aid after the driver was pulled from the cold river.

Iverson said the driver was treated at a local hospital and released, then taken to jail. The federal indictment detailing charges remains sealed, and the name of the fugitive has not been released.

Jeni Campana, a spokeswoman for the DOT, confirmed the driver of the snowplow was employed by the department, but she said she couldn't comment further on account of an active investigation by law enforcement.

The emergency response by law enforcement and other DOT workers closed Nebraska 31 — which runs alongside the Platte — between 192nd and 204th streets in Sarpy County for several hours into Tuesday afternoon.

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John Schreier, an Omaha native and sixth-generation Nebraskan, is an assistant city editor and had worked at the Journal Star since 2017.

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