Multi-car crash on I-80 kills 1, injures 5 others

(Photo courtesy: Amy Bryant)

A serious crash on Interstate 80 Monday morning sent six people to the hospital, one of whom has died.

Just before 10 a.m., officers from the Omaha police and fire departments were called to Interstate 80 westbound just west of the 84th Street underpass.

Their investigation revealed that Robert Richmond, 69, of Omaha, was driving west in a semi-truck on Interstate 80 just west of the 84th Street underpass.

Police say Richmond did not notice traffic that began to slow significantly, and the front-end of his semi-truck collided with the rear-end of a car being driven by Demetra Arvanitakis, 19, of Overland Park, Kansas.

Arvanitakis was taken to Nebraska Medicine to be treated for skull fractures, back a back injury and severe concussion.

Her three passengers were also taken to hospitals to be treated for the following injuries.

  • Madalene Steichen, 19, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is being treated at Nebraska Medicine for a facial fracture and a head laceration.
  • William Tavis, 19, of St. Louis, Missouri, is being treated at CHI Bergan Mercy Medical Center for facial fractures and lacerations.
  • Joan Ocampo-Yambing, 19, of Rosemount, Minnesota, was pronounced dead at Nebraska Medicine.

After the collision, police say the front of Richmond's semi-truck collided with the rear-end of a convertible being driven by Kimberly Davlin, 55, of Omaha, before coming to rest on top of Davlin's car.

This collision forced the front-end Davlin's convertible into the rear-end of a "roll off" trailer being pulled by a 2017 Freightliner semi-truck, being driven by Lucius Hageman, 34, of Lincoln.

Davlin and her passenger Joyce Cramer, 74, were pinned in the convertible underneath Richmond's semi-truck until Arrow Towing could hoist it off and fire department personnel could free them.

Davlin is being treated at Nebraska Medicine for an injury to her left arm, and Cramer is being treated at Nebraska Medicine for internal injuries.

Westbound Interstate 80 at and near the crash scene resulted in traffic being diverted along the inside and outside shoulders until 1:52 p.m.

Neither Richmond nor Hageman reported any injuries.

Creighton University's president, Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, asked the community to pray for the Creighton University students involved in the crash.

This collision remains under investigation.

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