Icy roads lead to crashes in Central Nebraska

This DOT traffic cam at the Aurora exit was partially covered with ice Thursday morning.
This DOT traffic cam at the Aurora exit was partially covered with ice Thursday morning.(Nebraska Department of Transportation)
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 12:08 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A major accident forced closure of Interstate 80 Thursday morning.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation reported that the east-bound lanes of I-80 between Giltner and Aurora were closed because of what they called a major accident. The scene was cleared over the noon hour and all lanes were again open. An DOT traffic cam at the Aurora exit was partially covered with ice.

The National Weather Service reported a roll-over accident on Highway Six east of Hastings.

Local4 reporters in Hastings reported that Burlington Avenue had been treated to stave off the ice, but that side streets and parking lots had a glaze of ice on them making them dangerous.

A Lake Hastings water quality meeting scheduled Thursday night was postponed with a replacement date to be announced later.

The Merrick County Sheriff reported that the courthouse in Central City was closed at noon to allow count employees to go home safely.

Local authorities urged drivers to drive cautiously and allow extra space between vehicle and for stopping distance.