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Driver killed after colliding with two semis on I-80

Driver killed after colliding with two semis on I-80

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A motorist whose vehicle crossed a median and struck two semitrailer trucks on Interstate 80 south of Gretna was killed Saturday night, authorities said.

Benjamin Behlen of Columbus was driving a 2003 Acura RSX eastbound on I-80 when it collided with the semis about 8:30 p.m. near the Melia Hill Rest Area, said Lt. Chris Culler of the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office. Behlen's age was not released.

The collision caused one of the semis, both of which were westbound, to cross the median, the eastbound lanes and roll over.

Behlen was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was not known if alcohol or drugs were factors, Culler said. An autopsy was scheduled. Witnesses said that Behlen's vehicle was speeding before the collision, Culler said.

The driver of the semi that rolled over, Anatoli Romanovici, was not injured. A female passenger suffered minor injuries and was taken to Creighton University Medical Center.

The other semi driver, Joseph Trioli, pulled over and was not injured, Culler said.

The westbound lanes of I-80 were closed for about an hour. At 10:45 p.m., one westbound traffic lane had been opened, and vehicles were routed through the Melia Hill Rest Area to avoid the scene, which was still being processed.

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