The names of the three people who were killed in a crash Friday afternoon near Gibbon, Nebraska, were released Monday by the Nebraska State Patrol.

The crash occurred about 3 p.m. Friday at mile marker 284 on Interstate 80, about 13 miles east of the Kearney exit.

Traffic had slowed as it was entering a construction zone on eastbound I-80, the patrol said. The driver of a semitrailer truck failed to slow, and the semi struck the slowed vehicles from the rear, officials said.

The initial collision caused a chain reaction involving seven vehicles, the patrol said. The first vehicle struck by the semi was a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Ryan Vanicek, 37, of Schuyler. Vanicek was taken by medical helicopter to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, where he later was pronounced dead.

A passenger in the Silverado, Daniel Seelhoff, 50, of Lincoln, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of a Chevrolet Equinox, 54-year-old Scott Gaylord of Lincoln, also was fatally injured in the crash. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital , where he was pronounced dead.

Three other people were injured in the crash, the patrol said, but none of the injuries was considered to be life-threatening.

The driver of the semi, Kenneth Kratt, 34, of Madera, California, was not seriously injured.

The investigation into the crash is continuing.

I-80 was closed to eastbound traffic for about seven hours, while westbound lanes were closed for about an hour.

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