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Five Dead in Fiery Nebraska Highway Crash

Five people were killed in a highway crash involving at least four vehicles in western Nebraska on Sunday, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

A stretch of Interstate 80 near the Colorado border was closed down for hours Sunday afternoon after a semi-truck rear-ended a van causing a chain reaction crash that involved two other vehicles, the State Patrol said in a statement.

Image: The scene of a crash involving a semi and several passenger vehicles
The scene of a crash involving a semi and several passenger vehicles that occurred on Sunday, approximately four miles west of Brule, Nebraska. Nebraska State Patrol

One of the vehicles caught fire, the statement said. Other people were injured, according to the State Patrol.

At least seven people were hospitalized, including the driver of the semi-truck, identified as 53-year-old Tony Weekly, according to NBC affiliate KSNB. He was charged with vehicular homicide when he was released from the hospital, the station reported.