More than 100 stranded motorists rescued in Western Nebraska, 1 fatality confirmed. Blizzard conditions,and the bitter cold in Western Nebraska Friday were the mean cause of the street disaster,leaving many stranded on Interstate 80 and other highways.
Nebraska State Patrol (NSP),is working with the Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office, Sidney Police Department, Sidney Public Schools, Cheyenne County Emergency Management, the Nebraska Department of Transportation, and others to help the victims. Fortunately, more than 100 motorists were rescued.
Despite of that,there were two major areas where vehicles had become trapped on I-80 near Sidney. One part of the street was more than a mile and a half long and the other section was estimated to have at least 50 vehicles. Sidney Public Schools offered buses in assisting in the rescue, which were escorted to the scene by patrol vehicles and snow plows.
The assembled law enforcement officers went door to door, knocking on all vehicles and rescuing all of the occupants in the bitterly cold temperatures. All the fortunate rescued motorists were taken to Light Memorial Presbyterian Church in Sidney and the rest of them were sent to hotels by their choice.
Since there were a large-scale of rescued motorists,this means that troopers have responded to more than 80 motorist assist calls during the storm. Foreign drivers are reminded to call *55 to reach the NSP Highway Helpline.
Although the policemen did a great job in this area,there has been a confirmed victim.This fatal accident came as a result of a crash involving two semis in the median of Interstate 80 near mile marker 84. Rollo Ward, 61, of Idaho Falls, ID, was pronounced deceased at the scene after the semi he was driving lost control, entered the median, and struck a semi that had previously become stranded on the street.
Although it should be mentioned that the road conditions remain poor to impassible in many parts of central to western Nebraska. At the mean time , Interstate 80 is closed to westbound traffic from Grand Island to the Wyoming state line. Eastbound I-80 is closed from the Wyoming state line to Ogallala.