Roadside worker killed on Interstate 80 near Seward

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SEWARD COUNTY – A 41-year-old roadside worker was killed after he helped repair a semi truck on the side of I-80, and was struck by that same vehicle when it attempted to leave.

According to a press release from the Seward County Sheriff’s Office, Jeremy Covert, 41, of York, Nebraska, was killed on Wednesday around 4 p.m. on Interstate 80 near Mile Marker 368, roughly 11 miles west of the Seward exit.

According to the release, the semi had pulled over on the shoulder of the interstate due to a mechanical issue, and the driver of the truck, Jon Christensen, 71, of Florida, requested roadside assistance for the mechanical issue.

Two roadside assistance workers arrived and fixed the mechanical issue, and after they were done, Christensen began driving the semi without knowing Covert went back underneath.

Covert was struck and pronounced dead at the scene.