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Nebraska blizzard blamed for 1 death, stranded drivers

Nebraska blizzard blamed for 1 death, stranded drivers
Courtesy/Nebraska State Patrol -- near Sidney 4-13-18

Scottsbluff, Neb. — The Nebraska State Patrol says at least one person was killed and scores of stranded drivers were rescued in western Nebraska as a late-season blizzard crippled travel in western Nebraska.

The patrol says 61-year-old Rollo Ward, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, died at the scene of the crash Friday when the semitrailer he was driving eastbound on Interstate 80 went out of control on the snow-covered roadway and hit another semi previously stranded in the blizzard. The crash happened near Chappell in western Nebraska.

The patrol says the Friday blizzard also left more than 100 drivers stranded on I-80 and other highways near Sidney. The patrol said its troopers worked with area police, sheriff’s departments and emergency management agencies, as well as the Nebraska Department of Transportation, to rescue the stranded drivers.

The rescued motorists were taken to a church in Sidney or to area hotels.

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