Canadian Truck Driver Killed in Nebraska Crash

The following is a press release from the Nebraska State Patrol:

(Lincoln, NE)- A 38 year-old semi trailer truck driver from Manitoba, Canada was killed and a 41 year-old woman from St. Edward, Nebraska was injured, Thursday, November 19, 2009, in a three vehicle crash a quarter mile south of Bruning, Nebraska.

The crash occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m., at the junction of State Highway 4 & U.S. Highway 81 in Thayer County. A propane tanker headed eastbound on Highway 4 was attempting to cross the northbound lanes of Highway 81 when it was struck broadside by a semi trailer truck. The semi was headed south on Highway 81 at the time of the crash. The cab of the semi ended up beneath the propane tanker. The semi trailer truck was then struck by a southbound 2002 Chevy Cavalier.

The driver of the semi, Vladymyr Kuziv, 38, of Manitoba, Canada died at the scene of the crash. The female driver of the Chevy, Kimberly Wills, 41, of St. Edward, Nebraska, was transported to the Thayer County Hospital, and then transferred to a Lincoln Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the propane tanker, Joel Voss, 29, of Bruning, Nebraska was not injured.

Southbound lanes of Highway 81 remained closed for much of the day. Troopers reported heavy fog and very low visibility in the area at the time of the crash. The crash remains under investigation.