Crash Snarls I-80

All lanes of Interstate 80 had reopened by about 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon after a traffic accident near the Mahoney State Park exit had shut them down for approximately eight hours.

There were no serious injuries but traffic was backed up for miles.

The accident happened at 7 a.m.

The clean-up was a major project as crews had to remove concrete that was ripped away in the accident.

Nebraska State Trooper Tom Grover said, "The semi behind me, the white one, was eastbound on the interstate in the right hand lane, dropped the right side tires of the onto the shoulder."

When the driver of the semi overcorrected, he lost control and sent his back tires over a Jersey wall separating lanes of traffic. The cab of his truck went into the westbound lane and collided with an oncoming semi. Both trucks were totaled.

Trooper Grover says, "When we received the call saying that it was in the construction zone, knowing that we have narrowed lanes and high volumes and no shoulders, we expected it to be a bad one."

The truckers escaped with only minor injures but the traffic tie-up lasted for hours. They closed the interstate in both directions. Traffic inched by as three lanes squeezed into one, creating a back-up of at least seven miles.

Trooper Grover says the lesson is that this sort of accident can happen to anyone.

He says, "Regardless of how experienced the drivers are, the natural tendency is to jerk the wheel and that causes the overcorrection. The best option is to slow down."