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Fatal I-80 crash in Nebraska among 200 weather-related incidents Friday

HERSHEY. Neb. (KTIV) -- One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 Friday in southwest Nebraska.

According to the Nebraska State Patrol, the crash was among more than 200 weather-related incidents troopers responded to on Friday.

The patrol says at about 11:30 a.m. a Ford Ranger pickup lost control while traveling eastbound on I-80, near Hershey, Nebraska.

The pickup, driven by 57-year-old Michael Krough of Colorado Springs, Colorado, crossed the median and struck a westbound semi.

The patrol says Krough was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the semi was not injured.

Authorities say weather conditions were a factor in the crash.

That crash was one of 55 troopers responded to on Friday. Troopers also performed 121 motorist assists from Friday into Saturday morning and assisted other agencies with 30 additional incidents.

The NSP urges caution as temperatures are expected to stay near or below freezing for the next several days around much of the state.

The NSP says if you become stranded during frigid temperatures, stay in your vehicle and call for help. Exposure in cold temperatures and extreme wind chills can become dangerous in a short time.

Any motorist in need of assistance can call the NSP Highway Helpline at *55 or 800-525-5555. Emergencies should be reported to 911. 

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