|Collision claims life of 28-year-old Elsie woman|
By Russ PankoninThe Grant Tribune-Sentinel
Tragedy hit the Elsie community Monday afternoon when a collision between a farm sprayer and a mini-van claimed the life of 28-year-old of Elsie. Palser, her six-month-old son, Gage, and her cousin, Stacy Reasoner, 33, of Imperial, were returning from the doctor in North Platte after a check-up for Gage when the accident happened at approximately 2:47 p.m. MT. According to State Patrol Officer Dan Thompson of Imperial, Palser was westbound on Hwy. 23 near mile marker 38 about 2.5 miles east of Elsie when her vehicle, a 2004 Ford Windstar, was struck by a farm sprayer unit at an intersection with a county road. Thompson and the Perkins County Sheriff’s Department assisted the investigation led by Trooper Eric Hesser of Ogallala. The sprayer, driven by Ben Pelster, 32, also of Elsie, was southbound on a county road. Pelster failed to see Palser’s vehicle, Thompson said. Thompson said the sprayer hit the van broadside and the force of the collision hurled the front of the van under the sprayer. The van and sprayer came to rest on the other side of the intersection. Rescue units from the Perkins County Ambulance in Grant and the Wallace EMS responded to the scene. Fire departments from Grant, Elsie and Madrid also responded. Palser, who was driving the van, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her son, Gage, and Reasoner were transported to the Perkins County Community Hospital in Grant. Reasoner was later transported to the hospital in North Platte with fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. She remains hospitalized there. Gage was flown to the regional hospital in Scottsbluff, suffering a broken arm and a slight concussion. He was released Tuesday. Thompson said seat belts were in use when the accident occurred. Palser is a native of Chase County, growing up in Enders. She was a 1999 graduate of Chase County High School and celebrated her 10-year reunion with her class in late May. She is survived by her husband, Troy of Elsie; their son, Gage; parents, Dave and Pam Ridlen of Enders, Neb.; and brother, David Ridlen and wife, Cheryl, of St. Joseph, Mo. All arrangements are pending. Liewer Funeral Home of Imperial is in charge of arrangements.