Storm causes several I-80 accidents

Although the Panhandle escaped the blizzard conditions that had been predicted for the, snow, and high winds Sunday afternoon caused traffic accidents across the region.

The Nebraska State Patrol handled 3 weather-related jackknife accidents involving semi, including two unrelated ones that each blocked Interstate eastbound, one westbound...for 3-1/2 hour each.

The first one occurred two miles west of Lodgepole around 4:30 pm and the other a mile east of Lodgepole shortly before 7:00. The second accident involved a car carrier with 7 experimental hybrid cars valued at $140,000 apiece. Each was damaged, although the extent and dollar amount of the damage was not given.

The tractors in both accidents were listed as destroyed, but the drivers escaped serious injury. The same was true in the other semi accident, which happened a little after 4:00 pm on Highway 71 near the Sioux-Box Butte County line and involved a tractor and 2 trailers.

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