A North Platte man was killed in a two-car crash on I-80 in the middle of the night Wednesday near Cozad, after he entered the highway in the wrong direction.The crash occurred just before 1 a.m. a half-mile west of Cozad in Dawson County, the Nebraska State Patrol said.
A car driven by Deloyce Robinson, 89, of North Platte, entered the westbound lanes of I-80, traveling the wrong direction, and collided with a pick-up driven by Nicholas Yonce, 28, of Garner, N. C.
NSP spokesman Cody Thomas said Robinson was killed. He was not wearing a seat belt.
Yonce was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. He was treated at the Cozad hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, Thomas said.
“This is a tragic crash, but an important reminder that all motorists should wear their seat belt,” said Major Mike Gaudreault, Nebraska State Patrol Field Services Division Commander.
“Of the 79 fatalities on Nebraska roadways in 2017, 80 percent have not been wearing seat belts. Properly wearing your seat belt dramatically increases your chances of surviving an accident,” Gaudreault said.
The westbound lanes of I-80 at Cozad were closed for two hours after the wreck.