SEWARD COUNTY – A York man who was dispatched to repair a tire on a semi along Interstate 80 was killed Wednesday afternoon.
The accident occurred at milemarker 368, along the westbound lanes, which would be approximately 11 miles west of the Seward exit.
According to the Seward County Sheriff’s Department, at 4 p.m., Wednesday, they were dispatched to a semi/pedestrian accident on Interstate 80, at that location.
“The preliminary investigation shows that a tractor trailer (semi-truck) had pulled over on the shoulder of the interstate due to a mechanical issue. The driver of the semi, Jon Christensen, 71, of Lakeland, Fla., requested roadside assistance for the mechanical issue. Two roadside assistance workers from TA Petro of York arrived and fixed the mechanical problem. After fixing the issue, Christensen began to start driving the tractor trailer. At this time, Jeremy Covert, 41, of York, went back under the semi. Christensen did not know Covert went back under the semi. As Christensen began driving the semi, Covert was struck and pronounced dead at the scene.”
Assistant York Fire Chief Tony Bestwick said the York Fire and Rescue Department was initially dispatched to assist at the scene, but that was called back because the injured party was already declared deceased and their assistance was no longer needed.
The accident was investigated by the Seward County Sheriff’s Department with assistance from the Nebraska State Patrol.