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Trooper Injured in Chain-Reaction Crash near Chappell

Trooper Injured in Chain-Reaction Crash near Chappell

A Nebraska State Trooper was injured Wednesday when his patrol vehicle was involved in a chain-reaction crash on I-80 near Chappell.

According to the Patrol, a trooper responded to a crash at approximately 8:30 Wednesday morning where a semi tractor/trailer had struck an I-80 overpass.

An NDOT crew also responded to the crash to check on the bridge and assist with clean-up of the crash.

The driver of the semi was transported to the hospital in Julesburg, Colorado with minor injuries.

Then just before 11 a.m., while response continued for the first crash, a pickup pulling a trailer lost control, striking one of the NDOT vehicles, which was parked on the shoulder.

That collision caused a chain-reaction of multiple NDOT vehicles, eventually striking the trooper’s patrol vehicle, a Ford F-250.

The trooper was inside the vehicle at the time of the collision.

The trooper sustained what are believed to be minor injuries, but was transported to the hospital in Julesburg for medical clearance, and has since been released.

None of the NDOT vehicles were occupied at the time of the crash and no NDOT personnel were injured.

Eastbound Interstate 80 was closed in the area for approximately two hours.

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