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I-80 Crash in Nebraska

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The Nebraska Department of Roads plans to lower the speed limit through the Platte River bridge construction zone following a truck crash Wednesday that interrupted Interstate traffic for nine hours.

Department spokeswoman Mary Jo Hall-Oie said the speed limit in the eastbound lanes will be reduced for a distance of up to four miles. The speed limit is already 55 mph in the westbound lanes.

"We think people have been a little too comfortable," she said. "They need to pay more attention."

Wednesday's accident - the third in 10 days to interrupt traffic - occurred around 8 a.m. when the driver of a semi loaded with yogurt lost control of the truck near mile marker 428 just east of the bridge in Sarpy County, the Nebraska State Patrol said.

The semi jackknifed, coming to rest with the cab of the vehicle partially over the construction barrier dividing the Interstate. The trailer came to rest on its side, blocking the eastbound lanes.

The driver, 34-year-old Jeannot Bigirimana of Euless, Texas, was not injured. A passenger was transported to Midlands Hospital in Papillion, where he was treated and released.

East and westbound lanes of Interstate 80 between Mahoney State Park and the Gretna interchange were closed, with traffic diverted to U.S. 6 and other routes until late afternoon.

Hall-Oie said the yogurt made the accident scene "quite sticky and slippery.

"It was all over everything," she said.

In addition to the yogurt, crews also had to clean up debris, fuel and oil on the roadway, said Deb Collins, patrol spokeswoman.

The investigation into the cause of the crash continues.

Drivers frustrated with delays caused by the work zone probably will be happy to hear construction may end sooner than planned, Hall-Oie said.

"We're hoping it could be done yet in December of this year as opposed to fall of next year," she said.

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Added: Aug-8-2007 
By: TopSecret
Citizen Journalism
Tags: Semi, Truck, Crash, Fire, Speed, Construction, Law,
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