Update: Two Lincoln men and a Schuyler man were killed in an accident near Gibbon, Nebraska

The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) continues investigating a crash that claimed the lives of three people Friday afternoon near Gibbon Interstate 80.  NSP said traffic had slowed near a  construction zone on eastbound I-80. NSP said a semi-tractor/truck trailer then failed to slow down and struck the traffic from the rear.

The initial collision caused a chain reaction, involving seven vehicles. NSP said the first vehicle struck by the semi was a Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Ryan Vanicek, 37, of Schuyler, with passenger Daniel Seelhoff, 50, of Lincoln. Seelhoff was pronounced deceased on the scene. Vanicek was life-flighted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, where he was later pronounced deceased according to NSP.   

NSP also said the driver of another vehicle, a Chevrolet Equinox, was also killed in the crash. Scott Gaylord, 54, of Lincoln, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, where he was pronounced deceased. Three other people sustained injuries in the crash, but none were considered to be life threatening.

The driver of the semi, Kenneth Kratt, 34, of Madera, California, was not seriously injured in the crash. The crash investigation is ongoing. Charges related to the crash would be filed by the Buffalo County Attorney.

Interstate 80 was closed for eastbound traffic for approximately seven hours. Westbound lanes were closed for approximately one hour.

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