More than 100 stranded motorists rescued in Western Nebraska, 1 fatality confirmed
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (FOX 42 KPTM)-- This weekend's blizzard left many people stranded throughout the state.
State Troopers, with the help of several local law enforcement offices, worked to clear the stranded vehicles where they saved more than 100 people.
Nebraska State Patrol says there were two major areas where vehicles had become trapped on I-80 near Sidney. They say the first section was more than a mile and a half long and the second section had at least 50 vehicles get stranded along it.
Sidney Public Schools let law enforcement use their buses to help with the rescue efforts.
NSP says they took all the rescued motorists to either Light Memorial Presbyterian Church in Sidney or a hotel of their choice.
Troopers also responded to more than 80 calls to assist drivers, on top of their rescue efforts.
There has been one confirmed fatality from a crash where a semi lost control and entered the median where it struck a second, stranded semi, near mile marker 84. The driver of the semi that lost control was pronounced dead at the scene.
NSP reminds stranded drivers to call *55 to reach the NSP Highway Helpline.
Road conditions are still in poor condition in many parts of the state. You can keep up-to-date on road closures by calling 511, visiting 511.Nebraska.gov or by downloading the 511 smartphone app.