(Neb)-UPDATE: 3 Crashes In 4 Hours 13 Miles Apart Claim 5 Lives
UPDATE: Milford, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska State Patrol says the four people killed Sunday morning in a crash on Interstate 80 near Milford were from eastern Iowa: 49-year-old Susan Selser, 20-year-old Cody Richardson, 20-year-old Troy Wanzek. and 19-year-old Cole Austin, all of Clinton.
The Patrol says 20-year-old Madison Selser-Smith, also of Clinton, was westbound in an SUV when she hit rumble bars on the north shoulder, overcorrected, crossed the center median and entered the eastbound lanes. The SUV was then struck by a car driven by 75-year-old Anna Richert of rural Gresham, Nebraska.
Selser-Smith and Richert were flown to a Lincoln hospital with life-threatening injuries. Richert, Selser and Selser-Smith were wearing seat belts while Richardson, Wanzek and Austin were not, and were ejected from the SUV's back seats.
MILFORD, Neb. (AP) - Three accidents over a 4 hour period Sunday morning on a 13-mile stretch of Interstate 80 in eastern Nebraska near Milford resulted in 5 deaths, 4 in the first crash around 7:30.
The Seward County Sheriff's Office investigated that crash, which was the eastern-most, while the others were handled by the Nebraska State Patrol
Seward County Sheriff Joe Yocum says the first crash occurred when a westbound 20-year old driver with 4 passengers hit the rumble bars on the north shoulder and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to cross the center median and enter the eastbound lanes where it was hit by a 76-year old driver.
Sheriff Yocum says 3 of the passengers in the westbound vehicle were not wearing seat belts and were ejected, dying instantly. The fourth passenger was also killed while both drivers were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Names have not been released pending notification of relatives, but Yocum says one of the 4 fatalities was 49, one was 20, and 2 were 19.
The second crash happened at 10 a.m. roughly 3 miles west of the first when a semi driver by 33-year old Abdiaziz Jama of Columbus, Ohio, failed to slow down and rear-ended another semi, causing a chain reaction that included a third truck and a pickup.
Jama was killed while his passenger, 30-year old Mohamed Apdullahi, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Their truck caught fire with a State Patrol helicopter landing on the interstate to assist. Preliminary investigations indicated Jama may have been texting at the time of the crash.
The third accident was roughly an hour after the second and 11 miles farther west. It occurred when an SUV driven by 68-year old effrey Eymann of Grand Island failed to notice that traffic had slowed and rear-ended a semi. Eymann was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries while the semi driver was unhurt.
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