PACIFIC JUNCTION - High wind gusts are being blamed for a motorcycle accident Friday afternoon on U.S. Highway 34 near Pacific Junction that left a 45-year-old Omaha man with critical injuries.
An investigation by the Mills County Sheriff’s Office determined Christopher Cercena was driving a 2008 Kawasaki motorcycle westbound on Highway 34, less than one-half mile east of the Interstate 29 interchange, shortly after 3 p.m., when severe winds caused him to lose control of the bike.
Cercena was thrown from the motorcycle as he attempted to lay it down on the roadway surface. He was treated initially at the scene for multiple injuries by Glenwood and Pacific Junction rescue personnel before being transported by medical helicopter to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
The accident closed Highway 34 to traffic for about 20 minutes.