NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) – The Nebraska Department of Transportation is reporting that the eastbound lanes of I-80 are clearing after an accident occurred around 8 p.m. MT/9 p.m. CST near Paxton on I-80. The NDOT, reminding people, “As you travel through, be aware of responders still on scene. As you continue to travel, remember – phones down & buckle up!”
Witnesses are reporting a burned cattle truck and a second semi at the scene. Other witnesses say some cattle were affected by the burning cattle pod, and others were rounded up safely. Area ranchers helped round up the cattle according to one witness. News 2 will have a detailed report of this incident once it is provided, concerning the details of the accident and the condition of people and animals involved.
The Department of Transportation is reporting a crash on I-80 eastbound near Paxton. The eastbound lane is closed and westbound traffic is slowed down. Eastbound traffic is being detoured to Highway 30.
As of 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, responders are working to extinguish a fire (a burning cattle pod from a cattle truck) and to herd cattle off the roadway.
NDOT warms westbound drivers to proceed with caution. They ask that you, “Proceed with caution, please be patient, & check 511.Nebraska.Gov for the latest updates.”
More details will be shared as they become available.
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