A flat tire and an unhinged trailer spilling metal tubes led to multiple collisions on Interstate 80 in Sarpy County on Saturday morning.
According to the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, a maroon pickup pulling a trailer was going east on I-80 a few miles east of the Gretna exit when it got a flat tire, causing its trailer to disconnect about 5:10 a.m.
The trailer was hauling about 40 hollow 20-foot metal tubes that scattered across the Interstate, causing three other vehicles to be involved in collisions while trying to avoid the debris.
A semitrailer truck owned by a Canadian trucking company flipped onto its side as a result of the accident and was later towed away. Two other vehicles that suffered damages were driven by Nebraskans, who were able to drive from the scene.
No injuries were reported.
Eastbound traffic onto that section of I-80 was closed temporarily, and traffic was rerouted around the collision.
The trailer hauling the tubes was abandoned at the scene by the pickup driver, who left the scene. Anyone with information about the maroon pickup truck or the driver is asked to contact the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation to identify that driver is ongoing.