91 YO North Platte Woman Killed After Attempting U-Turn on I-80

Posted 1 year ago

By Scott Carlson

state-patrol-logo(AP) — Authorities say that a U-turn proved deadly on Interstate 80 in Nebraska over the weekend.

91-year-old Emma Darnel of North Platte died Sunday afternoon.

The Nebraska State Patrol says Darnel was trying to make a U-turn on I-80 when a pickup truck pulling a camper struck her vehicle.

The man driving the truck and his wife were treated for minor injuries at a North Platte hospital and released.


  • http://nptelegraph omg

    Exactly why old people shouldn’t drive!

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  • Hmmm

    Well to be politically correct after a certain age regardless they should have to do a driving test yearly like 60 and older and then every 6 months once they’ve reached a certain age after that

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    • Not Again!

      60? 60 is not old!

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      • DC

        60 is not old….and besides their are some drivers in their 20′s and 30′s that can’t drive either and should be required to take drivers test every 6 months….

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      • Hmmm

        That was just an example what age do you think it should be them cause honestly something like that should happen

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  • 2cents.

    I myself get frustrated by senior drivers, but heck I get frustrated with most drivers. The thing is, is that for many of these old folks they might not have anybody anymore to take them places, I mean especially at 91. I have learned to put my selfish hurries behind when I get behind one of these Grannys as I realize that without this freedom they would be stuck inside of four walls, all day ever day, living a very lonely life.

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  • ralph mouth

    Wow hope you guys don’t get old. Would you like to dog on the disabled people who drive too? Or how about the new drivers just getting their licenses? This was a horribly tragic accident.

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  • Hmmm

    Not dogging just stating a fact as we get older our senses can deminish and it puts other people in harms way

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  • Beesma

    Such an horrific ordeal for all involved. My Dad is 90 & hasn’t driven for quite some time, after hitting a parked car the last time he drove. My heart goes out to any family of this woman. My Dad said giving up his license would mean total confinement. He just hasn’t driven since his accident, & probably never will again.

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    • Susan

      It is heartbreaking when they have to give up their last little bit of control, especially if they are still pretty sound mentally. It really takes a toll on them. Getting old isn’t for the wimpy.

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  • rowdy1

    My grandma was still driving up until she died at 93. She did just fine. I did what this women probably did, missing the off ramp. I kept looking for a place to flip a u-turn, but couldn’t find a good spot, so I had to drive all the way to Hershey. 60 is a bit young to consider it elderly. I do believe that come a certain age, these folks do have to drive every year to keep their license. I agree with ralph mouth. I would rather meet an elderly driver on the road over a 16 year old anyday.

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    • Keepitreal

      You’re no better! It is illegal to do a u turn on the interstate.

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      • rowdy1

        That’s the reason I drove to Hershey. I just thought I might see a cop u-turn spot. But at the speed limit, in the dark, hard too see anything.

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        • Keepitreal

          Even then energency vehicles are all that are permitted to use those. Still illegal, there are so many people that want to condem the young or old for driving, yet you prove there are drivers of all ages that don’t follow the laws of the road. I admit I speed from time to time, which is equally as against the law (never more than 5 over). Drivers of all ages should have to retest every Few years.

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  • big bad

    on any given day in north platte you can go on the one ways and see nascar, demo derby’s, off road racing, an cage fighting . what seems to be the worse are the younger 16 to 20 year olds that think they know how to drive but don’t have a clue. I watched one young gentleman and I say gentleman because if I called him what I wanted to call him on her my post would be deleted, driving an older faded red ford gran Torino or something along that line running up and down the allys well over 60 miles mph spinning around corners and driving like his head was up his a$$. so don’t go blaming the elderly when 90 % are stupid people driving..

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  • oldman3066

    I’ll take age and wisdom of drivers over newbie drivers anyday!!!!! It don’t really matter what age a driver is really, it just comes down to how they was taught to drive and by who and also who uses their common sense when driving. My driving experience is a long one and was taught by my dad and also drove over in West Germany on the Autobauhn. I still got to use my skills I have learned and common sense when driving because you always have to watch out for the other drivers no matter what.
    My hearts and prayers goes out to all the victims and families involved in the horrific accident.

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  • Something needs done

    Yeah hope some of you don’t get old so we can strip away your right to drive. Accidents happen no matter how old you are.

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  • http://nptelegraph omg

    I say that because I was in a bad wreck at 19. And it sure as hell wasn’t my fault. An 81 year old man who was told not to drive by his doctors, ran out of oxygen in his tank, passed out and we would’ve had a head on collision had I not been paying attention. Yes, after a certain age, you should be retested EVERY YEAR! And yes, some young ppl drive like maniacs…strictor driving laws for them would be nice too. Not against older people driving…if they’re competant enough to do so.

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