Two people killed in accidents

Nebraska authorities are investigating the deaths of two drivers in traffic accidents. The Saunders County Sheriff's Department says a tow truck ran off a rural road into an embankment a little before 6 p.m. Thursday.

The department says the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released. It's unclear whether slippery conditions contributed to the accident. The Nebraska State Patrol says a 39-year-old woman died earlier Thursday in a collision on Interstate 80 four miles west of Kearney.

The patrol says a pickup driven by Julie Weir, of Young, Ariz., crossed the median and ran into a semitrailer. The patrol says Weir died in the collision. The trucker and his passenger were not hurt. The patrol says weather was likely a factor in the accident.