A fatal accident occurred on Interstate 80 in Omaha shortly before 10 o’clock this morning as a truck driver failed to notice traffic had slowed just west of 84th Street and plowed into a couple of cars.
Omaha police report a passenger in one of the cars, 21-year-old Joan Ocampo-Yambing of Rosemount, Minnesota, died in the wreck.
Several others suffered injuries ranging from serious to critical.
According to the accident report, 69-year-old Robert Richmond of Omaha was driving a semi-tractor west on I-80 when he rear-ended a passenger car. The truck bounced off that car and rear-ended another car, coming to rest on its top. The force of the crash sent the second car into the rear-end of a “roll off” trailer being pulled by another semi-tractor.
The two occupants of the second car were pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated.
The two in the second car and the four riding in the first car were all taken to area hospitals. Ocampo-Yambing was taken to Nebraska Medicine were she was pronounced dead.
Richmond reported no injuries.
The driver of the first car, 19-year-old Demetra Arvanitakis of Overland Park, Kansas, is being treated for skull fractures, a back injury, and a severe concussion at Nebraska Medicine. A passenger in the car, 20-year-old Madalene Steichen of Tulsa, Oklahoma is being treated at Nebraska Medicine for a facial fracture and a head laceration. Another passenger, 19-year-old William Tavis of St. Louis, Missouri, is being treated at CHI Bergan Mercy Medical Center for facial fractures and lacerations.
The driver of the second car, 56-year-old Kimberly Davlin of Omaha, suffered a left arm injury and is being treated at Nebraska Medicine. Her passenger, 76-year-old Joyce Cramer of Omaha, is being treated at Nebraska Medicine for internal injuries.
The driver of the second semi reported no injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.