MILFORD, Neb One person was killed in a traffic collision on Interstate 80 Sunday morning.
The crash happened around 7:30 this morning near the Milford exit, west of Lincoln. Emergency crews from Milford, Garland, Pleasant Dale, and Seward all responded.
According to the Nebraska State Patrol, an eastbound semi-tractor trailer, driven by Jason May, 50, of Omaha, lost control because of weather conditions and became jack-knifed on I-80 near mile marker 385.
Two other eastbound cars then collided with the semi.accident. A 2007 Mercury Mariner, driven by Robert Robotham, 71, of Milford, struck the rear of the semi.
NSP says Robotham was trapped in the vehicle. Robotham was taken to Bryan LGH West campus but passed away a short time later at the hospital.
The second vehicle that struck the semi was a 2016 Toyota pickup, driven by Eliud Benitez, 42, of Omaha. His vehicle struck the front of the jack-knifed trailer. Benitez was not seriously injured.
About an hour later, there was a second crash in the same area when an eastbound semi-tractor trailer lost control as it was nearing the first crash.
The semi, driven by Tulkin Nizamov, 33, of Brooklyn, NY, crossed the median and side-swiped a westbound Dodge pickup, driven by Tiffany Hale, 40, of Lincoln.
NSP says Hale had slowed down after seeing the previous accident and was able to maneuver to avoid a more serious collision with the semi.
She 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.
NSP says everyone involved were wearing their seat belts, and believe freezing drizzle and snow contributed to both crashes.