Three out-of-state residents died in the fiery crash of two semi tractor-trailers in western Nebraska Sunday evening.
The Nebraska State Patrol says two men from California and one from New York died in the wreck on Interstate 80 near Hershey in Lincoln County.
Dead are 56-year-old Hieu Trung Le of San Jose, CA and 31-year-old Duy Trong Dao of Sacramento, CA, and 37-year-old Zurabi Mdzeluri of Brooklyn, New York.
According to NSP, an eastbound semi hauling produce driven by Hieu Trung Le crossed the median of the interstate and struck the westbound semi hauling cars driven by Zurabi Mdzeluri. The eastbound semi sideswiped a passenger vehicle. Both truck drivers died at the scene. Duy Trong Dao was a passenger in the eastbound truck. No one in the passenger vehicle was injured.
The semi hauling cars landed in a ditch. The produce truck swiveled into the westbound lanes of I-80, blocking traffic. Both trucks caught fire and were engulfed in flames.
The crash closed a portion of westbound I-80 for about six hours.
The investigation into the crash continues.