Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 12:00 am
3 semi trucks crash and spill cargo on I-80
A rollover on Interstate 80 Thursday morning prompted closure of the road between the Brady and Gothenburg interchanges.
Deb Collins, public information coordinator for the Nebraska State Patrol, said the crash occurred shortly before 6 a.m. She said three semi trucks were eastbound on I-80 at mile marker 206, just east of the Brady interchange.
Collins said George Catanitoiu, 54, of Lawrenceville, Ga., was driving the first semi, which was hauling 50-pound bags of dried beans. According to Collins, the semi started to veer off the road and Catanitoiu overcorrected, causing the truck to jackknife and fall across both eastbound lanes. She said the two other semis rammed into the trailer, breaking it open and spilling its contents onto the roadway. They remained upright.
David Jones, 53, of Norfolk was driving the second semi and Kevin Lang, 48, of Papillion was driving the third. Collins said Jones was transported by ambulance to the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital for a hand injury. He was treated and released.
According to Collins, no one else was injured. All three drivers were wearing seat belts. I-80 remained closed and traffic was diverted to U.S. Highway 30 for over three hours while an investigation and cleanup were conducted.
Friday, October 26, 2012 12:00 am.