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.
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.