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Driver dies after semi crash; I-80 closed temporarily

Posted on: 4:45 pm, August 9, 2013, by

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(WHO) — One man is dead after a semi crashed early Friday morning on Interstate 80 in Jasper County.

A driver passing by the crash reported seeing a semi off the road near Colfax around 5:15 a.m. It appears the semi was headed eastbound on I-80 and veered off the road, hitting the highway 117 bridge that goes over the interstate.

When emergency responders arrived they found the driver, 69-year-old Bruce Oatman of Idaho, unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office closed down the bridge for a short time Friday morning to make sure it was structurally safe for drivers, but it was reopened.

An initial investigation shows Oatman may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

(Thanks to our sister-station, WHO for details and information)