That fiery, multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska Sunday claimed the lives of a Minnesota family.
The Nebraska State Patrol has released the names of those killed in the crash in a construction zone near Brule in Keith County.
Killed in the crash were 29-year-old Jamison Pals and his wife, 29-year-old Kathryne Pals, along with the couple’s three children, three-year-old Ezra, 23-month-old Violet, and two-month-old Calvin. The Pals were from Minneapolis.
The preliminary accident report issued by NSP indicates a semi tractor-trailer traveling west on I-80 struck the real of the Pals’ minivan, forcing it into three other vehicles: another minivan, a sports utility vehicle, and a van; all westbound. The semi and the Pals’ minivan burst into flames.
After being treated and released at the Sedgewick County Hospital in Julesburg, Colorado, the truck driver, 53-year-old Tony Weekly of Baker, Florida, was charged with five counts of felony motor vehicle homicide.
Six other people in the three other vehicles suffered injuries in the crash.
NSP reports the crash occurred in a construction zone with a reduced speed limit of 65 mph and head to head traffic. The patrol closed a 10-mile stretch of I-80 and diverted traffic for about six hours as the crash was investigated and cleaned up.
The investigation continues.