A crash Thursday morning on Highway 81 near Norfolk claimed one person’s life and caused a large amount of diesel fuel to spill at the scene.
The crash occurred at approximately 7:50 a.m. at the entrance of a business on Highway 81 north of Norfolk.
Cody Thomas, public relations director with the Nebraska State Patrol, said a semi-tractor pulling a fuel tanker attempted to turn left onto southbound Highway 81 when it collided with a Tielke's delivery truck traveling northbound.
Thomas said the driver of the Tielke's delivery truck, Jose Fuentes, 24, of Norfolk was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The driver of the semi, David Jensen, 59, of rural Norfolk, was not injured in the crash.
The collision caused approximately 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel to be spilled at the scene. Haz-mat crews reported to the scene quickly to assist in clean-up.
Heavy fog was reported in the area at the time of the crash.
Highway 81 was closed for approximately six hours. The Nebraska State Patrol was assisted on scene by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Norfolk Fire and Rescue, Hadar Fire and Rescue, Hoskins Rescue, Pierce Fire and Rescue and the Nebraska Department of Transportation.
Original story posted at 9:19 a.m.
Multiple agencies respond to an accident about 1 mile north of Norfolk on Highway 81 on Thursday morning.
A Tielke’s sandwich truck and a Nebraska-Iowa Supply Company fuel truck collided just before 8 a.m. They were visible but views of the vehicles were obscured from extremely foggy conditions.
A witness on scene said he observed troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol respond immediately from nearby Prime Stop gas station.
Dozens of first responders were on the scene. Among other things, they are dealing with clean-up of a hazardous material, a firefighter said.
A portion of the highway between Norfolk and Kaneb Road was blocked off as first responders worked on the scene, and injuries were unknown as of Thursday morning. The road remained blocked off as of mid-morning.
Also responding were the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Norfolk Fire and Rescue, Pierce Fire and Rescue, Hoskins/Woodland Park Rescue, Hadar Rescue and the Nebraska Department of Roads.