Two people taken to an Omaha hospital Saturday in critical condition following a head-on crash south of Plattsmouth have improved to fair condition.
Tyler M. Westerfield, 23, of Johnson, Neb., and Natasha A. Rice, 21, of Omaha, were upgraded Monday morning, according to a spokeswoman for Creighton University Medical Center. A third victim, Samantha J. Rowell, 22, of Bellevue, remained in critical condition.
Investigators from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office said Westerfield was driving a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix north in the south lane about 9 p.m. on U.S. Highway 75 near Wiles Road. Rice was driving a 2001 Buick LeSabre south with Rowell as a passenger.
Rice saw Westerfield in her lane and swerved to her left just as Westerfield apparently became aware he was in the wrong lane and tried to re-enter the proper lane. Deputies said the cars collied head-on in the center of the road.
The Jaws of Life were used to free Westerfield from his vehicle.
Deputies said alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash.