More than 40 injured in crash involving two semis and a passenger bus

Trailways bus wreck after I-80 crash/Photo courtesy of Nebraska State Patrol

An accident in south-central Nebraska very early this morning involving two semi-tractor trailers and a commercial passenger bus has injured 41, some seriously.

Nebraska State Patrol officials report the accident occurred at around 2am, two mile east of the Gibbon Exit on Interstate 80. A westbound semi drifted into the median and when the driver overcorrected, it tipped onto its side and blocked both westbound lanes of traffic. The second semi clipped the trailer and veered off into the ditch. A westbound Burlington Trailways passenger bus traveling from Omaha to Denver carrying 40 struck the overturned semi and came to rest upright in the median.

The bus driver, 50-year-old Michelle Anderson of Omaha, was critically injured, according to the patrol. Of the 39 passengers, all but six were treated for injuries, most minor.The driver of the first truck, 39-year-old Arguini of Antioch, Tennessee, is listed in fair condition. A 77-year-old passenger on the bus, Barbara Bishop of Hemet, California, suffered serious injuries. Bus passengers 48-year-old Danny Briggs of St. George, Utah and 50-year-old Willie Abner of Birmingham, Alabama are listed in fair condition.

The wreck forced the closing of a six-mile stretch of I-80 for a little more than 4 ½ hours. The patrol re-opened the interstate just after 6:30am.