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ONE DEAD IN 29 VEHICLE CRASH ON I-80 IN NEBRASKA (UPDATE)

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Updated 3pm 4/30/18

Authorities say one person has died after a dust storm triggered a 29-vehicle accident late Sunday afternoon on Interstate 80 in eastern Nebraska.

Cody Thomas of the Nebraska State Patrol says one of the 15 victims hospitalized in the crash died Monday.

Visibility was reduced to near zero as dust blew in from farm fields along I-80 near York, about 50 miles west of Lincoln, resulting in the chain-reaction crash.

Winds gusts of 60 mph were reported in the area.

The patrol says the crash closed a 2-mile stretch of the interstate for nearly three hours.

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Fifteen people were hospitals following a crash involving at least 20 vehicles on Interstate 80 in Nebraska late Sunday afternoon.

The Nebraska State Patrol says high winds kicked up dust from nearby fields and caused zero-visibility conditions on I-80 near the town of Aurora.

The patrol says crash impacted both east and westbound lanes and caused the closure of I-80 between Aurora and Henderson for more than two hours.

Eight people were transported to the hospital in Aurora, six to the hospital in York, and one person was transported by helicopter to Bryan Health West Hospital in Lincoln.

The crash happened at approximately 5:15 p.m. Sunday and I-80 was reopened to both directions of traffic just before 8 p.m.