Man dies after dust storm causes pile-up on I-80

Both directions of I-80 near Aurora closed

SEWARD, Neb. (KMTV) - The Nebraska State Patrol closed both directions of Interstate 80 near Seward Sunday after poor visibility caused a multi-vehicle crash that left one dead and several others injured. 

Franklin Owens, 81, of Colorado Springs was pronounced dead after he was life-flighted to Bryan
Health West in Lincoln, NSP said. His wife, Betty, 68, also suffered serious injuries and was transported to Bryan Health West.

All other injuries were life-threatening.

Around 5:15 p.m. Sunday, high winds kicked up dust from nearby fields and caused zero-visibility conditions across a 40-50 mile stretch of I-80 on Sunday, resulting in the crash that involved more than 30 vehicles.

All lanes of I-80 were closed in both directions for more than two hours while authorities processed the scene. Deputies from the Hall, Hamilton, and York County sheriff’s offices plus multiple rescue crews assisted at the scene, NSP said.

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