Authorities ID Colorado man killed in chain-reaction Nebraska crash

Posted at 7:23 AM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 09:41:33-04

YORK, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a Colorado man who died after being injured in a 29-vehicle accident along a dust-obscured interstate in eastern Nebraska.

The Nebraska State Patrol said in a news release Monday night that 81-year-old Franklin Owens had been headed west with his wife, Betty Owens, when the crash occurred Sunday evening near York, a city about 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) west of Lincoln.

The patrol says the two were taken to a Lincoln hospital, where Franklin Owens was pronounced dead. He had lived with his wife in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Visibility had been reduced to nearly zero as dust blew in from farm fields along the interstate. The patrol says 15 people were injured in the crash.