Update: Names of five killed on I-80 Sunday released
Five people died in two crashes close together on Interstate 80 in eastern Nebraska Sunday morning. The Nebraska State Patrol closed 13 miles of eastbound I-80 near Milford, Nebraska, for several hours after the crashes.
Seward County Sheriff, Joe Yocum, has identified the four deceased victims from the two-vehicle crash that occurred near the Milford Rest Area in Seward County. The driver and lone survivor of the westbound 2005 Chevy Equinox has been identified as Madison Selser-Smith, 20, Clinton, Iowa. The front seat passenger that is deceased has been identified as Susan Selser, 49, also of Clinton, Iowa. Both front passengers were wearing seat belts. It is believed that the passenger was killed due to blunt force trauma, caused by the collision. The three other passengers killed are identified as Cody Richardson, 20, Troy Wanzek, 20, and Cole Austin, 19, all of Clinton, Iowa. Investigators believe that the three passengers were not wearing seat belts and were ejected.
The driver of the eastbound 2010 Buick Lucerne is identified as Anna Richert, 75, rural Gresham, NE. She was wearing a seat belt.
Both drivers were life-flighted to Bryan West as a result of their injuries.
The accident was investigated by the Seward County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Nebraska State Patrol. Milford Police Department, Milford Volunteer Fire & Rescue, and Seward Volunteer Fire & Rescue all responded and assisted with the scene.
The second I-80 crash happened less than two hours later. One semitrailer truck caught fire, and the Nebraska State Patrol helicopter landed on the interstate to assist.
According to Nebraska State Patrol, one person was killed in the four vehicle crash.
Abdiaziz Jama, 33, of Columbus, Ohio was killed 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.
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 says the third crash happened 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.