The North Bend Eagle


Fischer back home after accident

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 9/10/14

Traffic on the east end of North Bend was rerouted while an accident scene was cleared at the intersection of Highway 30 and Catalpa Street on Thursday [Sept. 4, 2014] morning.

Dodge County Sheriff Department received a call at 7:50 a.m. reporting the accident.

According to Sheriff Steve Hespen, John Rickens of Westside, Iowa, was driving west on Highway 30 in a 2012 Kenworth semitrailer owned by Quality Liquid Feeds Transport of Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Francis Fischer Jr., 53, was driving a 2001 Ford F250 pickup east on Highway 30 and failed to yield right of way when he went to turn north on to Catalpa Street.

At 7:53 a.m. North Bend Fire and Rescue was dispatched to the accident. When the North Bend units arrived on the scene they found Fischer in his pickup truck. Due to trauma, he was transported to the vacant lot north of the town water tower and placed on LifeNet helicopter for transport to a trauma center in Omaha.

Rickens, 52, was treated and released at the scene. All North Bend Fire units were back in the station by 8:38 a.m.

On Friday Willie Fischer said that his dad was alert through the whole event.
Fischer’s wife, Kathy, said on Monday that Francis returned home Sunday from University of Nebraska Medical Center with all of his right side ribs fractured, as well as a few on the left side, and bruising of the right lung. She said he is up and about.

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