Interstate Traffic Back Up Caused By Overturned Semi

By: WOWT Email
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An overturned semi caused traffic to back up where Interstates 80 and 29 split in Council Bluffs, Iowa over the lunch hour on Tuesday.

The semi was said to have rolled because of high winds reported in the area. It was blocking the westbound lanes of interstate 80.

Shane Oknewski was driving by when the truck toppled. He pulled the driver out of the rig.

"It's just one of those things where you don't think about it, you just react,” he said. “It was just instinct. You just want to help regardless and hopefully you get him out before it catches on fire. And that's all I could think of was, let's just get this guy out of here."

Dispatch reports indicate the driver was not severely injured.

The accident snarled traffic as crews worked to right the semi and move it out of the way. Traffic was back to normal in about an hour.

Light Pole Down

Bellevue Police officer Carl Grubb alerted us to a road hazard at Highway 370 and Highway 74 where a light pole toppled into traffic. The pole fell onto 370 in the eastbound lanes. The Nebraska Department of Roads was on the scene clearing away the debris.

Earlier Tuesday, a wind gust of 55 mph was recorded at Eppley Airfield in Omaha. Council Bluffs also recorded a gust of 48 mph, and Des Moines had a 45 mph gust.

The National Weather Service says Wednesday should be calm but more windy weather is expected Thursday.

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