More Than 40 Semis Crash In 3 Pileups Along I-80
Lincoln, Nebraska – It was a winter weather nightmare for truckers and motorists along a significant stretch of I-80 through Nebraska on Saturday.
The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) and Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) closed portions of Interstate 80 as white out conditions made travel treacherous. NSP reported a series of pileup crashes.
The first large pileup happened at approximately 2:45 p.m. near mile marker 355, east of York. According to officials, an estimated 30 vehicles, including at least 15 semis, slid and smashed into each other.
More than 100 vehicles became stranded behind the pileup as it took emergency crews hours to remove the vehicles from the interstate.
The next pileup occurred only about 25 minutes later at mile marker 329, near Aurora. That crash involved approximately 15 vehicles including 10 semis, NSP said. More than 50 motorists were stranded behind this crash for a few hours.
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At approximately 4:00 p.m. it happened again. This time an estimated 25 vehicles involving about 15 semis crashed at mile marker 409, near Waverly, NSP said.
Officials report numerous injuries, but have not released the extent of those injuries at this time. More information on the large crashes is expected to be released soon.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor the situation.