A Canadian couple was killed Thursday when the vehicle in which they were driving was struck by a semi-trailer truck on Interstate 80 near Overton.
The crash occurred around 2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 5, on westbound I-80, approximately four miles west of the Overton exit. The Nebraska State Patrol said a westbound semi crossed the median and struck an eastbound 2009 Nissan Murano. The passenger vehicle, which was pulling a camper, was struck nearly head-on by the semi, with both vehicles coming to rest in the south ditch.
Bruce R. McPhail, 74, Ontario, Canada and his wife Ruth McPhail, 76, Ontario, were killed in the crash. Bruce McPhail was the driver of the vehicle. Both occupants of the Nissan were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
What caused the semi to cross the median and who was driving the semi remains under investigation. Two occupants of the semi, Jeremiah Kamau Ngengi, 50, SeaTac, Washington and John Bradley Seals III, 41, Charlotte, North Carolina, were both treated and released from the Lexington Regional Health Center.
Seat belts were in use in the passenger vehicle. It has been undetermined if seat belts were used by either occupant of the semi.
The Nebraska State Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and Overton Fire & Rescue. The crash remains under investigation.