Crash near Ashland closes all lanes of Interstate 80 for investigation.
The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash near Ashland Saturday.
Sarpy County Sheriff's Department investigators say a car heading eastbound, went out of control near the Melia Hill rest area or about 2 miles east of the Platte River Bridge, just before 8:30 p.m. The car crossed the median and crashed into two westbound semis. One of the trucks went out of control and tipped over.
The driver of the car, 33-year-old Benjamin Behlen of Columbus, Nebraska, died in the wreck. A passenger in one of the semis was taken to Alegent Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha with minor injuries. Neither truck driver was hurt.
NSP officials said all westbound traffic was diverted to the Ashland interchange at mile marker 432 for about an hour.. With the on ramp to westbound I-80 closed at Waverly during construction, this would route traffic all the way into Lincoln before vehicles would be able to get back on the highway. This traffic could interfere with the throngs leaving the Cornhusker football game.
Troopers at the scene were able to divert westbound traffic through the Melia Hill rest area, immediately adjacent to the crash scene and allow Interstate traffic to move while they continued their investigation and removed vehicles. This in turn, minimized the Lincoln area traffic loads.