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2 semi drivers die in crash that closed westbound I-80 near Seward, State Patrol says
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2 semi drivers die in crash that closed westbound I-80 near Seward, State Patrol says

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Semi drivers killed in I-80 crash

The Nebraska State Patrol says two semi-truck drivers died Tuesday in a crash that closed westbound Interstate 80 west of Seward.

Cody Thomas, a State Patrol spokesman, said an eastbound semi crossed the median and struck a westbound semi at about 11 a.m.

Both drivers were killed in the crash.

I-80 remained closed at 3 p.m., with traffic being detoured to U.S. 34 from the Goehner exit. Thomas said the crash investigation is ongoing.

Two combines destroyed by fire

Two combines caught fire within an hour of each other Monday afternoon in Lancaster County, leaving both totally destroyed.

Sheriff Terry Wagner said the first fire happened at 2:50 p.m. near 148th Street and Martell Road. A Gleaner 868 worth $300,000 harvesting soybeans was a total loss by the time Bennet Fire arrived, he said.

Then, just before 3:30 p.m. at 176th Street and Waverly Road, a John Deere combine worth $100,000 caught fire.

Wagner said both of the operators were able to get off the combines so there were no injuries. “But a whole lot of dollar loss,” he said.

Woman dies in car-train collision

A 69-year-old Cozad woman died after her car was struck by a Union Pacific train about 1 mile east of Cozad.

Sandy A. Starnes was pronounced dead at the scene at about 4 a.m. Monday, according to the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office. She was the lone occupant of a 2013 Dodge Avenger that was struck by the westbound train at a railroad crossing along U.S. 30.

Investigators determined the Dodge was sitting on the railroad tracks. Cozad Volunteer Fire Department members used hydraulic tools to extract Starnes from the vehicle.

The Cozad Police Department assisted with the investigation. A Union Pacific Railroad investigator was also on scene, a sheriff’s office spokesman said.

Residential burglary thwarted

A 64-year-old man was jailed Monday after getting caught breaking into an occupied home just south of Gateway Mall, Lincoln police say.

Sgt. Chris Vigil said police were called to the 200 block of Eastridge Drive at about 8:30 a.m. on a burglary in progress after a 16-year-old boy there saw a man breaking the front glass door.

The teen was able to get out of the house. Two men stayed in the basement as the burglar got in and started rummaging through the upper floor of the home, Vigil said.

He said police arrived within minutes, surrounded the house and arrested Frederick White Jr. after finding his backpack, with about $600 in coins and currency and three pocket knives he’d allegedly stolen, inside the home.

White was booked into jail on suspicion of burglary.

Crash kills Blue Hill man

A 59-year-old truck driver was killed in a two- vehicle collision north of Red Cloud on U.S. 281.

Timothy Skipworth of Blue Hill was pronounced dead at the scene, the Nebraska Department of Transportation said. Deputies from the Webster County Sheriff’s Office said the driver of the second vehicle was not injured.

The crash involving two semi-trailers occurred eight miles north of Red Cloud at about 11:15 a.m. Friday. Both trucks had been southbound on U.S. 281.

Witnesses said that Skipworth’s truck was being followed by two other semis when he slowed to attempt a U-turn. The semi immediately behind Skipworth’s truck passed without incident.

The third semi was unable to stop and collided with the driver’s side of the cab of Skipworth’s truck as it began the U-turn.

Red Cloud is about 40 miles south of Hastings.

Omaha teen dies in shooting

OMAHA — An 18-year-old man was pronounced dead at a hospital Monday night after being wounded in a shooting near 39th and Pratt streets.

KorVanta Hill was taken to Nebraska Medical Center with lifesaving measures in progress, a police spokesman said.

Officers were called to the area after a ShotSpotter gunshot-activation alert went out at 8:10 p.m.

Pratt is halfway between Maple Street and Ames Avenue.

Hill was found on the sidewalk. Police are continuing to investigate the shooting.

Anyone with information about what happened may contact the OPD Homicide Unit at 402-444-5656, Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP, at omahacrimestoppers.org or on the P3 Tips mobile app.(tncms-asset)20f64ca0-30d8-11ec-88da-00163ec2aa77[0](/tncms-asset)(tncms-asset)fdf04ff0-30ee-11ec-9693-00163ec2aa77[1](/tncms-asset)(tncms-asset)cafe140e-30f0-11ec-8e38-00163ec2aa77[2](/tncms-asset)

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