On July 15, 2020 at 9:08 p.m., the Lincoln County 911 Center received a call of a head- on two vehicle accident, at mile marker 172 U.S. Highway 30 (approximately three miles west of North Platte, NE). Deputies and North Platte Fire and rescue responded to the scene.
Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstructionist was called to the scene to investigate. The investigation on the scene showed a westbound passenger vehicle attempted to pass another westbound vehicle, traveling into the eastbound lane. Upon entering the lane the passenger car immediately struck an eastbound SUV essentially head on.
Deputies arrived and found the driver of the passenger vehicle deceased. The deceased driver was identified as thirty-three year old Douglas Thompson of North Platte, NE. Mr. Thompson was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. The SUV was occupied by three subjects; all subjects were wearing their seatbelts. All three were transported to Great Plains Health with non-life threatening injuries. The case remains under investigation, unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor.