Colorado man hospitalized after crossing median and crashing into semi
First responders were called to the crash between mile markers 185 and 186, five miles west of Maxwell, Nebraska.
State Patrol Trooper, Bob Veal, says, 29-year-old Marc E. Strawser was driving a pickup truck westbound on I-80 when he crossed over the median and slammed into a semi, driving in the opposite direction. The collision collapsed the pickup.
Strawser was conscious and breathing but soon had to be medically attended to. First responders administered CPR in the middle of the interstate. Strawser was taken by ambulance to Great Plains Health.
A helivac helicopter arrived on the scene with more medical help. The driver of the pickup was taken to Great Plains Health in an ambulance and patrolmen say he is still alive at last check.
Veal also said the driver of the semi-truck was was able to walk away from the accident. 26-year-old Mario King, of Homestead, Florida, went to the hospital as a precautionary measure. He was treated and released.
Nebraska Department of Roads had to put sand across certain parts of the crash scene due to a fuel spill.
NDOR and Nebraska State Patrol hope to have one lane open by 10 a.m. to get the current waiting traffic off the interstate.
I-80 eastbound has been closed off and traffic diverted at mile 179. Once the semi-truck is cleared and the entire road is cleaned up, officials will re-open i-80 eastbound.
The Interstate was closed for about four hours.