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Dash cam captures terrifying winter crash, icy conditions linger after storm

Posted at 10:49 PM, Jan 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-18 23:49:14-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Friday's winter storm packed a punch and it's kept law enforcement busy.

The Nebraska State Patrol responded to more than 50 crashes since the storm hit.

Iowa State Patrol reported 150 crashes, one of those caught on camera.

The dash cam video captures and Iowa State Patrol trooper helping a driver, who slid into the ditch. Moments later, another truck slides off the road, nearly clipping the others and eventually crashes to a stop.

Iowa State Patrol sergeant Alex Dinkla says the trooper was uninjured, however the other two involved suffered minor injuries.

"It could have been much worse if it was just a few seconds earlier when that truck went into the ditch," Sgt. Dinkla said.

Conditions across Nebraska and Iowa were dangerous with snow covered roads, ice and heavy winds.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation in Omaha worked throughout the night to keep up with the winter storm.

"It was a little bit of a challenge overnight since the precipitation really didn't want to stop," NDOT superintendent Jim Laughlin said. "The guys kept after it and we're in pretty good shape right now."

It's not just highways that are slick, it's side walks, as well. Those enduring the cold in downtown Omaha were definitely watching their step.

"Walking on egg shells," Joseph Kay said. "You have to be careful. I just busted butt right over there close to Old Market Lofts, so you gotta be careful."

"I thought this would all be cleared off, especially on the sidewalk," Peg Cramer said. "I'm just running in to get a pizza and it's a little iffy."

Business owners worked to keep their store front ice free by throwing down salt.

Despite the cold temps and slippery sidewalks, some say it won't hold them back from exploring this weekend.