The Nebraska State Patrol says an Idaho woman died in a two-vehicle accident on the interstate near Dix this past weekend.
Authorities say around 8:45 a.m. Sunday, a westbound semi driven by 38 year old Ahmed A. Ahmed of Aurora, Colorado lost control on icy roads, crossed the median and struck an eastbound Toyota Highlander driven by 57 year old Beth A McCaskill of Boise, Idaho.
McCaskill was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, and Ahmed was not injured.
The accident closed down I-80 eastbound for about 3.5 hours when the semi caught fire after the crash. Dix Volunteer Fire Chief Walter Kielian says road conditions were so bad at the time of the accident that two additional semis jack-knifed into the median very close to the scene as firefighters were extricating the victim and fighting the vehicle fire.
NSP was assisted by the Kimball County Sheriff’s Department, Dix Volunteer Fire, Kimball Fire and Rescue, and NDOT.