The driver of the second semi reported no injuries.
“University officials are at the hospital, but we do not have additional information to share with the campus community at this time”, the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, Creighton University’s president, stated in his post.
Accident investigators said 69-year-old Robert J. Richmond was driving a semi-truck westbound on Interstate 80 when he failed to notice traffic had slowed. The truck bounced off that auto and rear-ended another vehicle, coming to rest on its top.
Whether she was in their class, a friend of a friend or just a smiling familiar face, Creighton students are missing sophomore Joan Ocampo-Yambing.
Ambulances took both occupants of the Sebring and all four occupants of the Prius to Omaha hospitals for injuries ranging from serious to critical.
It then hit the rear end of a 2008 Chrysler Sebring convertible and came to rest on top of the Chrysler. The Minnesota woman, Joan Ocampo Yambing, was a back seat passenger in the first auto that was hit – and she died later at a hospital.
The driver of the Prius, Demetra N. Arvanitakis of Kansas, is being treated for skull fractures, back a back injury and severe concussion.
William L. Tavis, 19, of St. Louis, is the other rear-seat passenger of the Prius.
Two of the other Creighton students involved were hospitalized with bleeding on the brain, one in a medically-induced coma.
The front seat passenger of the Sebring is being treated at Nebraska Medicine for internal injuries.
“Below is a listing of available support services offered in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition of cura personalis”. If a student is experiencing a crisis, he or she should contact Public Safety (402-280-2104) to receive assistance 24 hours a day.
The crash remains under investigation.