COZAD — A Eustis woman has died after sustaining injuries in a traffic accident which occurred near mile marker 10 on Highway 21 south of Cozad on Tuesday, July 9.

Shelly Masoner, 46, was initially injured after the 2006 Chevrolet sedan she was in struck moving flood water on the highway, according to a press release by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.

The Dawson County Sheriff and Cozad Fire and Rescue were alerted to the accident around 7 a.m. on Tuesday. The Nebraska State Patrol provided assistance at the scene.

When a deputy with the sheriff’s office arrived, Masoner and the other passenger, her daughter, were still trapped in the sedan, which had rolled onto its roof in a water filled ditch and had filled with the flood water. No restraints were in use according to the press release.

Cozad Assistant Fire Chief Gary Banzhaf, said the deputy plunged into the flooded ditch and helped to extract Masoner and her daughter from the flooded vehicle. “We are grateful to the sheriff’s deputy for getting them out,” he said.

Banzhaf said when the first ambulance arrived on scene they transported Masoner immediately to Cozad Community Hospital due to her condition. Masoner’s daughter initially declined to be transported to the hospital, but Banzhaf said after some discussion she agreed, and was taken to Cozad in a second ambulance.

Cozad Rescue Chief Brian Woldt said Masoner was transported to a different hospital for further medical treatment. Banzhaf said this was due to the seriousness of her injuries. Masoner died from her injuries on Wednesday, July 10.

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