- Associated Press - Saturday, September 24, 2016

GIBBON, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska State Patrol says three people have died in a fiery crash involving two semitrailers and other smaller vehicles on Interstate 80 in south-central Nebraska.

The patrol says the crash happened Friday afternoon east of Gibbon when an eastbound semi blew a tire as it was being passed by a pickup. The semi hit the pickup, causing both to cross the interstate median, and the semi then hit another westbound semi and a second pickup.

The second pickup and first semi rolled and burst into flames, killing the semi driver and the driver and passenger in the pickup. The occupants of the other vehicles were either uninjured or suffered minor injuries.

The patrol says the crash closed portions of I-80 for more than four hours.

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