According to the Nebraska State Patrol, 79-year-old Darlene Harder had parked along the eastbound lanes near Gibbon when she got out of her vehicle and then walked into traffic.
A short time later, she was struck by a semi trailer-truck driven by 41-year-old Voadimir Bezrukavyy of Colorado.
The on and off ramps at mile marker 285 were closed were closed briefly because of the accident with eastbound traffic being temporarily reduced to one lane.
Officials say the accident, in turn, helped contribute to another accident in the same area involving two semi trucks. That accident is currently being investigated by the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney