Fatal Traffic Accidents

At least three people have been killed on icy roads in Nebraska since the latest snowstorm tumbled through the state.

Interstate 480 was still snow-covered at 1:17 a.m. Tuesday when a small pickup went out of control, struck a guardrail and rolled, ejecting the driver. Thirty-nine-year-old Scott Tinsman of Omaha was pronounced dead at the scene.

Icy conditions in south-central Nebraska were blamed for an accident Monday evening. A 19-year-old Texas man is dead following a crash on Interstate 80 near Wood River.

The Nebraska State Patrol says Ofrael Muniz was riding in a pickup that was eastbound on the interstate when it skidded on ice, crossed the median and drove into the westbound lane, hitting a semi.

Muniz was thrown from the truck and died at the scene. The driver, a 51-year-old man from Grand Island, was taken to a hospital.

Farther west along the interstate, a fatal accident near Hershey Monday afternoon closed the eastbound lanes for several hours. A semi tractor-trailer jackknifed into the median and another semi slammed into it, said Captain Dennis Thompson of the North Platte Fire Department. In another accident nearby, two cars collided with another semi, which caught fire.


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