- Associated Press - Sunday, July 31, 2016

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) - The State Patrol says five people have died in a fiery crash that forced the closure of Interstate 80 in western Nebraska for several hours.

Spokeswoman Deb Collins says several vehicles were involved in the crash that happened around 11:30 a.m. Mountain time near Brule in Keith County.

The pileup began when a semitrailer truck struck the back of a van in the westbound lanes of the Interstate. Collins says at least two other vehicles were involved, and one of the vehicles caught fire.

Five people died in the crash, but they weren’t immediately identified. Additional people were hurt, but the State Patrol didn’t provide details of how many or the extent of their injuries.

Traffic was being diverted off I-80 between Oshkosh and Ogallala on Sunday.



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This version of the story corrects the time of the crash to 11:30 a.m. Mountain time Sunday.

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