UPDATE: The Nebraska State Patrol has confirmed that one person has died as a result of the crash. No other information about the individual was readily available.
AURORA – Fifteen people were transported to area hospitals and 22 vehicles were involved in a crash near Aurora early Sunday evening.
According to the Nebraska State Patrol, numerous emergency crews were dispatched to mile marker 332 on Interstate 80 or the Aurora interchange just before 6:00 p.m. for a multi-vehicle accident. Due to what the NSP call, “blackout” conditions (dust blowing, similar to a white out) westbound traffic began to slow down due to zero visibility. That caused a chain reaction of vehicles to hit each other.
Eight people were transported to the hospital in Aurora, six were taken to the hospital in York, and one person was transported by helicopter to Bryan Health West Hospital in Lincoln. The crash impacted both eastbound and westbound lanes and caused the closure of I-80 between Aurora and Henderson for more than two hours.
I-80 was reopened to both directions of traffic just before 8:00 p.m. Deputies from the Hall, Hamilton, and York County Sheriff’s Offices, as well as multiple rescue crews assisted in the response and traffic control.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing.
The National Weather Service reported 58 mph wind gusts at the Grand Island Airport and 46 mph wind gusts at the Aurora Airport.