At least five dead after crash on I-80 in Nebraska - UPDATED
UPDATE: Authorities have released the names of five people from Clinton, Iowa involved in the crash. Four passengers were killed including 49-year-old Susan Selser; 20-year-old Cody Richardson; 20-year-old Troy Wanzek; and 19-year-old Cole Austin. The only survivor in the vehicle is the driver, 20-year-old Madison Selser-Smith.
UPDATE: TV-6 has confirmed with the Clinton Community School District's Superintendent that four of the people involved in the accident are former Clinton High School Students. The superintendent tells TV-6 three of them died and one is in critical condition. TV-6 is waiting to release the names of the victims until confirmed with authorities and family has been notified.
UPDATE: Authorities have released new details in a weekend fatal crash on 1-80.
KWQC's sister station 1011 NOW reports the Seward County Sheriff's Office says the preliminary investigation shows a 20-year-old motorist with four passengers traveling west on I-80 hit the rumble bars on the north shoulder and over-corrected, crossed the center median, and entered the eastbound lanes of travel where it was struck by another vehicle occupied solely by a 76-year-old driver. The three unrestrained passengers in the first vehicle were ejected and were killed instantly, and a fourth passenger was also killed. The ages of the deceased were 49, 20, 19, and 19. Both drivers were transported by Star Care with life-threatening injuries. The names of the injured and deceased are being withheld pending notification of their respective families.
At least five people died in three crashes close together on Interstate 80 in eastern Nebraska.
The Nebraska State Patrol closed 13 miles of eastbound I-80 near Milford, Nebraska, for several hours after the crashes on Sunday morning.
One semitrailer truck caught fire, and the Nebraska State Patrol helicopter landed on the interstate to assist.
Seward County Sheriff Joe Yocum says the first crash happened after a westbound vehicle crossed the median and struck an eastbound vehicle.
Four people in the westbound vehicle died, and the driver of the eastbound vehicle was taken to the hospital.
One other person died in one of the subsequent crashes that followed the initial one.
According to Nebraska State Patrol, the crash at mile marker 378, one person was killed in a four-vehicle crash on eastbound Interstate 80 near Seward.
Abdiaziz Jama, 33, of Columbus, Ohio was killed in the crash, when the semi he was driving failed to slow down and rear-ended another semi, causing a chain reaction that included a third semi and a 2013 Dodge Ram truck.
The crash occurred near mile marker 378 at approximately 10 a.m. Jama's passenger, Mohamed Apdullahi, 30, was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Their semi also caught fire as a result of the crash. Investigations believe Jama may have been texting at the time of the crash.
The Nebraska State Patrol, the crash at mile marker 367 happened at approximately 11:35 a.m. when a Chevrolet SUV failed to observe that traffic had slowed and rear-ended a semi. The lone occupant of the SUV, Jeffrey Eymann, 68, of Grand Island was transported to the hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. The semi driver was uninjured.