(UPDATED) Family of NP Banker Injured in I-80 Accident

Posted 5 months ago

By Scott Carlson

state-patrol-logoFamily members of the President of First National Bank North Platte were injured in an accident on Interstate 80 Thursday night.

According to the Nebraska State Patrol, a 2011 GMC Yukon, driven by 16-year-old Hope Wilke, was headed east, at around 8:13 p.m., when it went across the median, slid sideways and collided with the trailer of a westbound semi driven by 24-year-old Benjamin Wheeler, of Filer, Idaho, about two miles west of Paxton.

Hope Wilke, her mother, 51-year-old Sarah Wilke, and a five year old child were transported to Great Plains Regional Medical Center with unknown injuries.

Authorities say Wheeler was uninjured.

A minivan, driven by 54-year-old Xue Xheng Duan of New York, New York, was struck by debris.  A passenger in Duan’s vehicle complained of neck pain and was treated and released from an Ogallala hospital.

The Yukon passengers’ husband and father, Greg Wilke, is the President of First National Bank in North Platte.

The accident remains under investigation.