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I-80 closed Sunday after 5 deaths in several crashes

MILFORD, Neb. (AP) — At least five people died in three crashes close together on Interstate 80 in eastern Nebraska.

The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) closed 13 miles of eastbound I-80 near Milford, Nebraska, for several hours after the crashes on Sunday morning.

One semitrailer truck caught fire, and the NSP helicopter landed on the interstate to assist.

Seward County Sheriff Joe Yocum says the first crash happened after a westbound vehicle crossed the median and struck an eastbound vehicle.

Four people in the westbound vehicle died, and the driver of the eastbound vehicle was taken to the hospital.

The names of the crash victims were not immediately released on Sunday afternoon.

Authorities have now said 33-year-old Abdiaziz Jama, of Columbus, Ohio, died after the semitrailer he was driving east around 10 a.m. Sunday rammed into the back of another semi, causing a chain reaction that involved another semi and a pickup truck.

The patrol says Jama may have been texting, because he didn't slow down for traffic that had been slowed by an earlier collision farther east in which four people were fatally injured. Their names haven't been released.

A passenger in Jama's truck, 30-year-old Mohamed Apdullahi, was taken to a hospital.

 

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