Update to the Multi-vehicle Accident Closes Highway 81

Columbus, NE ~~Highway 81 was closed for over three and a half hours Sunday night after a multi vehicle accident occurred eight and a half miles south of Columbus shortly after 6:00 pm.

Emergency responders from Rising City, Shelby and Bellwood transported 10 patients to the Columbus Community Hospital with a variety of injuries, according to Shelby Fire Chief Jon Eller.  Two dogs that were in a dog trailer were transported to Columbus Animal Hospital by an area veterinarian for observation.

The accident is under investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol, Butler and Polk County Sheriff Departments.

Look for further updates on mycentralnebraska.com