State Trooper Injured In Accident

A Nebraska State Trooper was injured in an accident Friday evening on I-80 in Lincoln. 

At 10:30, the trooper was finishing up with an accident investigation on westbound I-80.  A vehicle behind him lost control, spun out and rear-ended the NSP cruiser.  Both vehicles then hit a concrete barrier. 

The trooper was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  He was treated and released.  The other driver was not seriously hurt.  The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation and issued a citation to the other driver.  The trooper's cruiser was totaled in the accident. 

The Nebraska State Patrol issues a reminder to all drivers to never go faster than conditions allow.  The snow is expected to impact travel throughout Saturday. 

State troopers responded to dozens of weather related accidents overnight and Saturday morning.  Crews with the Nebraska Department of Transportation are also out in force working to plow snow and improve driving conditions.  Those traveling should check with Nebraska 511 before heading out. 

Drivers in need of assistance can reach the NSP Highway Helpline by calling *55 from any cell phone.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for parts of southeast Nebraska.  The State Patrol urges drivers to practice safe driving by maintaining a safe speed, increase following distance, paying attention to the road, avoid distractions and wear a seat belt.


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