Update - 12/24/2020
Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) provided an update on a Wednesday crash that killed three people, including a four-year-old child, during yesterday's storms.
The people who died have been identified as:
- 24-year-old Edgar Navarro
- 25-year-old Idayalid Bautista
- 4-year-old Alexa Navarro
A three-year-old girl and an 11-month-old girl were also in the vehicle at the time but are now at a Denver hospital with what "are believed to be non-life-threatening conditions."
Edgar Navarro was the father of all three children. Bautista is the mother of the two surviving children.
Edgar was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash NSP said.
Previous story - 12/23/2020
As winter storms ripped across the state, the Nebraska State Patrol dealt with a heap of incidents related to them and one that proved fatal for three people.
On Wednesday morning, multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a crash involving a semi and a GMC Yukon near Hershey, Nebraska on Interstate 80. Preliminary investigation shows that the eastbound Yukon lost control in the weather conditions, crossed the median, and entered the westbound lanes. It was then struck by the westbound semi.
The male driver of the Yukon, one adult female passenger, and one juvenile passenger, all passed away at the scene of the crash. Two additional juvenile passengers were transported to Great Plains Health in North Platte with serious injuries.
The identities of all people involved are being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin. The driver of the semi was not injured. Additional information will be released when possible. The crash caused the closure of Interstate 80 for approximately three hours.
Travel is not advised in blizzard conditions. All motorists are urged to check travel conditions and road closure information at 511.nebraska.gov before attempting to travel in winter weather.