One person was killed in a three-vehicle accident on Interstate 80 west of Lincoln on Sunday morning, according to a Nebraska State Patrol press release.
The accident occurred at about 7:30 a.m., when an eastbound semi, driven by 50-year-old Jason May of Omaha, lost control because of weather conditions and collided with two other eastbound vehicles near mile marker 385.
A 2007 Mercury Mariner, driven by 71-year-old Robert Robotham of Milford, struck the back of the semi, severely injuring and trapping Robotham in the vehicle.
Emergency crews from Milford, Garland, Pleasant Dale and Seward were able to extract Robotham from his vehicle and transport him to Bryan West Campus. He died at the hospital a short time later.
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The second vehicle that struck the semi was a 2016 Toyota pickup driven by 42-year-old Eliud Benitez of Omaha. Benitez struck the front of the jack-knifed semi but was not seriously injured.
About an hour later there was a second crash in the area when an eastbound semi, driven by 33-year-old Tulkin Nizamov of Brooklyn, New York, lost control as it was nearing the first crash. Nizamov crossed the median and side-swiped a westbound Dodge pickup driven by 40-year-old Tiffany Hale of Lincoln. Hale and her two daughters in the vehicle were taken to Bryan West Campus with non-life-threatening injuries and were released a short time later.
All involved were wearing their seat belts. Freezing drizzle and snow were present on the road and weather conditions contributed to both crashes, according to the press release.
There also were several other accidents along I-80 and in the Lincoln area on Sunday morning after 0.5 inches of snow and ice fell in the area, according to the National Weather Service.