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Patrol releases names of 3 people killed in I-80 collision

Posted at 12:08 PM, Sep 23, 2019

GIBBON, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of three people who were fatally injured in a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 80 in south-central Nebraska.

The Nebraska State Patrol said in a news release Monday that traffic had slowed around 3 p.m. Friday for construction when a semitrailer plowed into the rear of a line of vehicles near the Gibbon exit in Buffalo County.

The patrol says two men died in the first vehicle struck. They were identified as 37-year-old Ryan Vanicek, of Schuyler, and his passenger, 50-year-old Daniel Seelhoff, of Lincoln.

The driver of another vehicle was the third fatality. The patrol says 54-year-old Scott Gaylord, of Lincoln, was pronounced dead at a Kearney hospital.

Three other people were injured. The patrol didn’t release their names.

The semi driver was not seriously injured. The patrol identified him as 34-year-old Kenneth Kratt, of Madera, California.