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Two injured after crash with house on bridge

Fire lights. (Republic file photo)

PLATTE—Firefighters removed two injured people from a truck following a two-vehicle crash with a house being moved Thursday near Platte.

At 6:30 p.m., on a bridge along Highway 44, about 1.5 miles west of Platte, a 2005 GMC Sierra pickup, driven by Jeffrey Maloun, 51, of Bassett, Nebraska, and pulling a 30-foot-long trailer, passed two pilot cars, which were attempting to warn Maloun about an oncoming semi truck carrying a Governor's House.

Maloun was unable to get across the bridge before passing the semi, a 2008 Kenworth T400, and the vehicles collided, wedging the pickup between the house and the guardrail and damaging the house extensively.

Maloun sustained serious, non-life-threatening injuries. He was transported to a hospital in Platte and then airlifted to Sioux Falls. Charges are pending.

Maloun's 77-year-old male passenger sustained minor injuries, and the 34-year-old man driving the semi was uninjured. All three were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.