LINCOLN, Neb. – Five people have died in two crashes in western Nebraska after mechanical problems forced a truck to stop on Interstate 80.
Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub says the first crash occurred early Sunday morning, when a tractor-trailer rig ran into the stalled truck. The driver who hit the stalled truck died.
Traffic backed up on the interstate and the slowdown contributed to another fatal crash.
Schaub says another truck ran into and killed the driver of a 2010 Ford Mustang. The force of that collision pushed a Toyota Corolla underneath another truck, killing the driver of that car and two child passengers.
Schaub said Monday that Josef Slezak, the truck driver in the second crash, faces manslaughter charges. Slezak is from River Grove, Ill.