Blizzard conditions lead to I-80 pileup in western Nebraska

Severe Weather Expected Friday and Saturday In Northeast Nebraska

Blizzard Behind I-80 Pileup in Western Nebraska

More than 100 motorists reportedly got help from Nebraska authorities after getting stuck in blizzard conditions on Friday.

In total, more than 100 motorists were rescued, Cody Thomas, public relations director with the Nebraska State Patrol said. Troopers in collaboration with the Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office, the Nebraska Department of Transportation, Cheyenne County Emergency Management and other workers and snow plows rescued the stranded individuals and vehicles. His office says the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency is working to get a temporary communications tower to an area of north-central Nebraska after its dispatch tower was toppled in 60 miles per hour winds.

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There were two major areas where vehicles had become trapped on I-80 near Sidney.

The assembled law enforcement officers went door to door, knocking on all vehicles and rescuing all of the occupants in freezing temperatures.

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The bad weather affected drivers from the western part of their country on Interstate 80 as well as other highways, " the Nebraska State Patrol stated in an news re lease.

The Nebraska State Patrol reported that Rollo Ward, 61, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was pronounced dead at the scene after losing control of his semi tractor-trailer, which slid into the median and a stranded semi-truck on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska on Friday.

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As of Saturday morning, Interstate 80 remain closed to westbound traffic from Grand Island to the Wyoming state line.

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