Trucker killed in fiery Highway 2 crash

Nebraska Highway 2 remains closed near Dunbar, in Otoe County following a fatal crash involving two semi trailer-trucks. The crash which occurred shortly before 11:30 a.m., Wed. March 30, 2011, has also closed both lanes of State Highway 67. Traffic is being re-routed onto county roads.

Preliminary reports and witness accounts indicated a tanker truck was headed east on Highway 2, when it was struck from behind by a second semi. The tanker had slowed to make a right turn onto Highway 67 prior to being hit. The force of the collision caused the second semi to catch fire. 

The driver of the second semi was trapped in the cab and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tanker truck was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Nebraska City, with non-life threatening injuries. The names of both drivers are being withheld held pending notification of relatives. 

A Hazardous Material Team is on the scene, evaluating a leak in the tanker truck. The tanker was hauling unleaded fuel.

The Nebraska State patrol is being assisted by the Otoe County Sheriff's Office, Dunbar, Nebraska City and Syracuse Fire and Rescue Squads, the Otoe County Emergency Management and the State Fire Marshals' Hazardous Materials Response Team.

Officials expect the two highways to be closed for an extended period of time, while the investigation and clean up are conducted.  Motorists are encouraged to consider an alternate route. ###