- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - A chunk of ice falling off a semitrailer truck on Interstate 80 caused a crash that injured three people and disrupted one girl’s trip to college.

The North Platte Telegraph reports (https://bit.ly/1mYfzbj ) the crash happened Saturday afternoon on I-80 near North Platte.

The chunk of ice penetrated the windshield of a 2003 Honda Odyssey and struck the driver and front passenger. Then the van veered into the median and rolled several times.

The driver, 18-year-old Kimberly Mangum, of Grovetown, Georgia, was flown to a Denver hospital with serious facial injuries.

Mangum’s 42-year-old father and 16-year-old brother were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released.

Nebraska State Trooper Ryan Hayes says the accident would have been worse if all three people in the van hadn’t been wearing seatbelts.

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Information from: The North Platte Telegraph, https://www.nptelegraph.com

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