UPDATE: Identities released of people killed in crash near Utica

UPDATE: Friday evening, the Seward County Sheriff’s Office sent out a press release with updates on the fatal accident on I-80 near Utica earlier in the afternoon.

The two people killed in the crash have been identified as 30-year-old Kadar Mohamed and 58-year-old Maryan Serar both of Grand Island. 

Icy roads are to blame for the pick-up losing control, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Here is the press release in its entirety:

At approximately 1120 hours on Friday, December 28th, 2018, the Seward County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a semi versus pickup accident on I-80. The accident was determined to have occurred on I-80 at mile marker 367 westbound.

The preliminary investigation shows that a pickup traveling eastbound on I-80 hit a patch of ice, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The pickup then traveled through the median into the westbound lanes of travel. The pickup was struck by a tractor trailer (semitruck) causing both vehicles to travel down an embankment catching both vehicles on fire.

The driver of the semi was taken to Seward Memorial Hospital for a head injury and is expected to be released tonight. The driver of the pickup, Kadar Mohamed, 30, of Grand Island, NE, and the passenger, Maryan Serar, 58, of Grand Island, NE were both pronounced deceased at the scene. Next of kin has been notified.

The accident is being investigated by the Seward County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Nebraska State Patrol.



At least two people are dead after a crash on I-80 near Utica, according to officials. 

The Seward County Sheriff’s Office told Channel 8 Eyewitness News that an eastbound pickup truck lost control and crossed the median, hitting a westbound semi head-on. 

SCSO said two people in the pickup were killed. 

The driver of the semi was taken to Seward Hospital with serious head injuries. 

SCSO could not say how many people were in the pickup, which burst into flames after impact. 

The crash happened around 11:00 a.m. Friday.

As of Friday afternoon, officials were still on scene investigating. 

This is a developing story, we will continue to provide updates as they become available. 


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