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A semi-truck slid into a Nebraska State Patrol cruiser early Thursday morning on I-80 near Roscoe, injuring Trooper Kevin Horst and another truck driver who was with him.

The wreck occurred on the icy highway at 1:35 a.m. Thursday, while the trooper was investigating an accident that involved a jack-knifed semi-truck and several smaller vehicles. The semi-truck slid off the road into the median.

Horst and truck driver Terrence Eckert, 73, were sitting in the trooper’s cruiser when they were hit by another semi-truck. Both men were taken to the hospital in Ogallala. Horst was kept overnight. Eckert was treated and released, an NSP official said.

The driver of the second semi-truck was not injured.

Earlier, another accident occurred near the same spot at 12:11 p.m. that involved two trucks and four cars. One person suffered minor injuries in that wreck and was treated at the scene.

Bad night

Icy roads and near blizzard conditions caused numerous accidents late Wednesday and early Thursday.

There were at least eight semi-trucks jackknifed on I-80 and more than 15 cars off the road in the Troop D area, which covers 23 counties in southwest Nebraska.

In one instance, a semi-truck slid off the road and onto its side on Nebraska Highway 44 just west of Holdrege at 9 p.m. Wednesday. The truck was empty and no one was injured, the patrol said.

On Thursday morning, seven cars and one semi-truck were sidelined on U.S. Highway 83 from North Platte to a point 45 miles south, near the entrance of Red Willow State Recreation area.

The NSP responded to more than 100 slide-offs and accidents across Nebraska, spokeswoman Deb Collins said.

This report was updated Friday morning.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 12/20/2012
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