LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Update:
This morning as Husker fans headed to Lincoln for the football team’s first home game, an eight-vehicle crash occurred near the 27th Street exit on Interstate 80 (I-80). This afternoon, the Nebraska State Patrol reported two people died in the incident, and several others were injured.
The NSP said, “At approximately 9:25 a.m. Saturday, units from the Nebraska State Patrol, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln Police Department, and Lincoln Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the scene of a multi-vehicle crash on westbound Interstate 80 near the 27th Street interchange in Lincoln. Several bystanders also rushed to the scene to assist those involved in the crash.”
Both fatalities were from the same vehicle.
Five patients were transported to Bryan Health West Campus with non-life-threatening injuries.
All vehicles were westbound at the time of the crash which remains under investigation.
NSP said more details will be released pending notification of next of kin.
I-80 has been reopened in the area.
If you’re heading to Lincoln for the first Husker home game, you may want to choose an alternate route. A multi-vehicle wreck is currently being cleaned up on both sides of the interstate.
Bellevue Police Department Officer Sgt. Sean Vest posted about the wreck on Twitter:
The Nebraska State Patrol has confirmed the wreck is a fatality crash:
Sad to report that the crash on I-80 this morning in Lincoln is a fatality crash.— Nebraska State Patrol (@NEStatePatrol) September 4, 2021
I-80 remains closed for westbound traffic at 27th street.
Please continue to use caution as investigators remain on scene.
We'll provide more information when possible. pic.twitter.com/qHms5sx7Nn
🚨🚨🚨Major traffic back-up on I-80 near the 27th St exit in Lincoln.— Nebraska State Patrol (@NEStatePatrol) September 4, 2021
Prepare for slowdowns and stopped traffic as responders get on scene.
Take Highway 6/Cornhusker Hwy into Lincoln as an alternate route. https://t.co/N12Z7ZtyVs
🚨🚨🚨The view from the NSP Helicopter as I-80 Westbound is CLOSED at 27th Street in Lincoln due to a multi-vehicle crash. Traffic is backed up well past the 56th Street exit.— Nebraska State Patrol (@NEStatePatrol) September 4, 2021
Take Highway 6 at Waverly as an alternate route into Lincoln. #Huskers pic.twitter.com/1GNHBj2EMV
A viewer tells us the interstate is still closed down and being cleaned up as of 1:30 p.m.