One dead in Interstate 80 traffic backup crash

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 25, 2012 6:30 AM

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A man died in the middle of a traffic backup on Interstate 80 on June 22.

According to an Iowa State Patrol report, a semi was stopped in the right eastbound lane of I-80 because traffic backed up during and after a car fire.

A second semi was slowing in the right lane and a vehicle was traveling in the right lane of eastbound I-80. According to the report, the vehicle applied brakes but slid into the back of the semi, which was pushed into the rear of another semi truck.

Kevin Gschwend was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he was pronounced dead by the Johnson County medical examiner.

The accident remains under investigation.

— by Jordyn Reiland

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