GOEHNER – At approximately 1:09 p.m. on Monday, the Seward County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a multiple vehicle crash that occurred on eastbound Interstate 80 near mile marker 372.2 in Seward County.
The preliminary investigation shows that deteriorating weather conditions due to extremely strong winds and dust caused visibility issues which played a major factor in the cause of the crash. As several motorist traveling east on I-80 entered the “dust storm” visibility became very limited causing passenger and commercial vehicles to suddenly brake. Multiple vehicles then crashed into one another causing a chain reaction. Preliminary investigation shows that approximately six (6) Semi tractor trailers and several passenger cars were involved in the pile up. Interstate 80 was closed in both directions for nearly four (4) hours as crews worked diligently to assist injured motorist and clear the roadway. Westbound I-80 traffic was diverted at the Seward Exit (379) and re-routed onto Highway 34. Eastbound I-80 was diverted at the Utica Exit (366) and also re-routed onto Highway 34.
Multiple injuries were sustained in the crash. Several motorist were transported to the Seward Memorial Hospital. Star Care life flight also assisted in the transport of two injured motorist. All injured parties are believed to have non-life threatening injuries.
The accident was investigated by the Seward County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Nebraska State Patrol. Seward Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Beaver Crossing Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Goehner Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Meyer Towing, Hitz Towing, Potter’s Repair & Towing and Seward Police Department all responded.
This marks the second day in a row that strong winds and dust have caused multiple vehicle crashes and one (1) fatality between Lincoln and Grand Island. The Seward County Sheriff’s Office advises all motorist to use extreme caution when traveling in these conditions.