On May 1, 2016, at approximately, 1:25 a.m., Sophia Wooley, 26, and Victor Wooley, 35, were traveling eastbound on I-80 freeway when they stopped on a construction zone. Suddenly, the minivan was struck from behind by a semi-truck also traveling eastbound on I-80.
Mr. Wooley was pronounced dead at the scene and Ms. Wooley was transported to a hospital in Julesburg, CO for treatment of her injuries.
The truck driver was not injured. The crash is under investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol.
The current federal weight limit for a large interstate truck is 80,000 pounds, but for some states, there are exemptions and permits allowing even heavier trucks to travel on our roadways. Bigger, heavier trucks are more likely to be in a crash, more likely to cause damage to our roads and bridges, and more likely to result in an injury or death.