Icy Conditions Cause Several Accidents On I-80

By: 10/11 News Email
By: 10/11 News Email
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Near Greenwood, NE - Police and rescue crews respond to several accidents along Interstate 80 after ice covered roads.

Just after 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Nebraska State Troopers, Lancaster County Sheriff's Deputies and fire crews from Waverly, Greenwood and Lincoln responded to reports of accidents east of Waverly on Interstate 80.

The first call was for a rollover crash at mile marker 413, just west of the Waverly scales.

Minutes later, a semi was reported to be jack knifed just east of the Waverly scales and a two car crash was reported just west of the Greenwood Interchange at mile marker 420. Several minutes later, reports came in for the only crash in the westbound lanes, just east of the Greenwood Interchange.

Rescue crews arrived to find no one hurt at the rollover crash and those crews continued further east to assist with the other accidents.

A U.S. Express truck had jack knifed but was off the roadway at mile marker 416. No one was injured in that accident but there is significant damage to both the trailer and the semi truck.

According to NSP, the only injury accident was called in about 10:50 at mile marker 420 or 1/2 mile west of the interchange at Greenwood. There was only one person in each vehicle and both were injured. One vehicle lost control and was struck by the other.

One driver suffered a head wound and was last listed in critical condition. The other driver had a leg injury. Both were transported to a Lincoln hospital.

In a different crash, one passenger told 10/11 News she had just been picked up from Eppley Airport for the Holidays, after coming in from 75 degree weather at her home in Orlando Florida. "I'm originally from here and I forgot how cold it gets around here."

She said she was surprised to see several cars driving well in excess of the speed limit when the truck they were in spun out and was hit by one of the passing cars.

NSP and Lancaster County Sheriff responded to just six accidents where vehicles were damaged or people were hurt.

There were several other reports of cars which spun out or left the roadway but did not need assistance by authorities.

In the only crash west of the local Lincoln area in the same time period, one semi truck lost control near NW 48th Street.

The only assistance that needed was some traffic control while a big tow truck pulled it back to the road.

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