A 24-year-old Denver man has died after a pickup he was riding in went out of control on icy Interstate 80 in eastern Nebraska. The Seward County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred around 7:30 p.m. Sunday just west of the Utica interchange.
Deputies say an eastbound pickup carrying Anthony Morales and four other people hit a patch of ice and swerved toward another eastbound vehicle, striking it. The pickup then rotated 180 degrees, slid off the roadway and rolled after it ran down into a steep ditch.
Authorities say Morales was trapped inside and died before he could be freed.
Persons familiar with a weekend interstate accident confirm with WOWT 6 News Fact Finder Chase Moffitt that UNO speech coaches Abbie Syrek and Cameron Logsdon escaped an interstate accident Sunday night without injuries.
The accident took place while the UNO speech team was returning from a Kearny tournament. The persons close to the situation say Syrek was in front of a pickup and Logsdon was behind the pickup. Preliminary information reveals the pickup, carrying five passengers, rear-ended Syrek's car and then went into the ditch.
It's reported that Logsdon, who watched the entire accident unfold in front of his car, pulled over and jumped into action. Logsdon was able to help four of the five people exit the pickup. Wreckage needed to be cut away to free the fifth person who later died at a nearby hospital.
UNO Speech team members and coaches were not seriously hurt.