HOOPER, Neb. (AP) — An eastern Nebraska man was seriously injured in a weekend crash involving a combine and a train.
Authorities say Layne Meyer, 66, of Hooper was driving a combine to his brother's farm on Saturday when a mechanical failure caused it to roll down a hill. The combine came to a rest on railroad tracks, where it was struck by a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe train.
Dodge County Sheriff Steven Hespen said the combine's brakes may have stopped working because of a hydraulic leak. The combine was knocked into a ditch, where it overturned. Meyer was ejected from the cab. He was flown to an Omaha hospital in critical condition.
Meyer was traveling west on County Road G in Dodge County. The train was traveling north.
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