NSP: Chain-reaction crash sends six to hospital

Nebraska authorities give an update on the I-80 closure between Cozad and Lexington.

LEXINGTON, Neb. (KLKN) — The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) sent out a press release concerning the three-hour closure of I-80’s eastbound lanes between Cozad and Lexington.

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Just before 4 p.m., a Toyota pickup traveling west lost control and hopped the median. The pickup consequently struck a Honda Pilot traveling east.

This accident resulted in a chain-reaction of crashes along the interstate as traffic abruptly slowed.

Several vehicles were involved and six people had to be taken to a Lexington hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Eastbound lanes on I-80, from Cozad to Lexington, are closed down due to an accident.

Overall, NSP assisted in more than 300-weather related incidents across Nebraska Monday.

As of 9 p.m., they performed 313 motorist assists and responded to 28 crashes. Troopers will remain on the roads throughout the evening, ready to help.

As NDOT plow crews worked to clear the roads, five ended up stuck in the heavy snowfall. Four of them were able to return to service after being pushed or towed out.

Again, Nebraskans are discouraged from traveling unless absolutely necessary due to these severe weather conditions.

If you end up stranded on the road, call the NSP helpline at *55 or 800-525-5555.

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