An 82-year-old man who was driving a tractor died Monday night when a semitrailer truck collided with the tractor in Gage County.

Robert Snyder Sr. of Odell was pronounced dead at the scene on Highway 77 north of Pickrell.

The Nebraska State Patrol said Troy Smith of Crete was driving a semi north on the highway when he struck Snyder’s tractor, also northbound, from behind. Smith was not injured.

Investigators said Smith, 38, was distracted before the crash. He was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide and booked at the Gage County Jail.

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