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North Platte woman is killed in one-vehicle I-80 crash near Lincoln

July 14, 2018

A North Platte woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 just west of Lincoln on Friday evening.

Ladonna Schmidt, 57, was at the wheel of an eastbound Chevrolet TrailBlazer that crashed about 7:50 p.m. Two others were in the vehicle: an adult who suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening and a child who was not injured.

According to Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas, Schmidt was attempting to pass a semitrailer truck about 3 miles west of Lincoln city limits. The Chevy crossed back from the left lane across the right lane and into the ditch, where it struck a guardrail and a pillar.

Schmidt was ejected from the vehicle. She was later pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle came to rest on its side.

Investigators believe Schmidt was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The passenger was belted in and the child was in a car seat in back.

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