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2 semi drivers die in crash that closed westbound I80

Posted at 10:55 AM, Oct 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-20 15:14:07-04

SEWARD, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say two tractor-trailer drivers have been killed in a crash that closed westbound Interstate 80.

Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas says the crash happened around 11 a.m. Tuesday when an eastbound rig crossed the median and struck an oncoming semi west of Seward. Traffic was detoured around the wreckage for hours on U.S. 34.

Thomas says the crash investigation is ongoing.

2 p.m. update:

The Nebraska State Patrol has provided an update on the crash that resulted in the death of two tractor-trailer drivers on Tuesday.

It said:

The Nebraska State Patrol is able to release additional details regarding a multi-fatality crash that occurred Tuesday on Interstate 80 near Goehner.

At approximately 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, NSP was alerted to a two-vehicle crash in the westbound lanes. Upon arrival, troopers and Seward County deputies located two semis fully engulfed.

After preliminary investigation, it is believed that an eastbound semi crossed the median and struck a westbound semi head-on in the westbound lanes near mile marker 371. The driver of the eastbound semi has been identified as Lloyd Shobe, 63, of Mesa, Arizona. The driver of the westbound semi has been identified as Richard Turner, 48, of Pella, Iowa. Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash. Interstate 80 was closed for westbound traffic for approximately six hours. The investigation remains ongoing.

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