New Hope man killed in Interstate crash in Nebraska

6:22 PM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
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LINCOLN, Neb. - A New Hope man was one of at least two people in Nebraska who died in crashes that were blamed on poor driving conditions during the snowstorm.

Investigators say Michael Hughes, 63, was killed just before 1 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 80, near the village of Maxwell.

A dispatcher for the Nebraska State Patrol in North Platte says Hughes was a passenger in a vehicle that rear-ended a semi. His wife, Janet M. Hughes, 60, was treated at a local hospital and released.

The second accident was reported at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday in Grand Island. A 34-year-old was struck by a semi tractor-trailer on Highway 34 after he lost control of his car. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Authorities say both crashes were weather-related.

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