GIBBON — The Nebraska State Patrol Friday evening was investigating a multi-fatality crash that occurred around 3 p.m. on eastbound Interstate 80 near Gibbon at mile marker 284.

The crash involved five passenger vehicles and two semitrailer trucks. As of 9 p.m., three people had died as a result of the crash. Several others were injured, but none were considered to have life-threatening injuries.

Names and vehicle information were being withheld pending notification of next of kin for those involved.

The Nebraska State Patrol, Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, Kearney Police Department, and several area fire and rescue units responded, as well as the Star Care helicopter.

Interstate 80 remained closed for eastbound traffic at 9 p.m., but was likely to reopen within the hour, NSP said in a news release. Westbound traffic also was closed for about one hour.

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