A single vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 80 less than a mile east of the Waverly Interchange claimed the life of a Lincoln woman Wednesday morning.
At 6:23 a.m., troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol Headquarters Troop-Lincoln responded to a crash at MM 410 eastbound I-80 involving a 2005 Chevy Malibu. According to NSP, the crash occurred when the car struck construction barricades. The trooper investigating the crash indicated sun glare appeared to be a factor in the accident.
"Assuming the glaring sun kept her from negotiating the lane shift appropriately. she struck the barricades, went up on top of the concrete jersey barriers and rolled into the driving lanes of the interstate," said Lt. Ken Dahlke, Nebraska State Patrol.
The driver of the car, identified as 51-year-old Kathryn White, was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials said she was wearing a seat belt.
Eastbound lanes of I-80 were closed at the Waverly Interchange for roughly four hours but reopened shortly before 10:30 a.m.
NSP Spokesperson Deb Collins said the driver of a Chevy Trailblazer crashed near the same spot just minutes before the deadly accident but was not injured.
Dahlke reminds drivers to be focused on the road at all times while driving.
"Any time you're driving it's a full time job," said Dahlke. "But we have so many distractions now days with cell phones and stereos and coffee cups and everything else but it's a full time job. When you're traveling through a construction zone, which between Lincoln and Omaha is and has been for quite some time, it just takes that much more diligence to pay attention to what's going on. If the sun is glaring slow down. Pay attention to what you're doing and drive safely."
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