Ryan Vanicek, Daniel Seelhoff and Scott Gaylord Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-80 near Gibbon

Gibbon, Nebraska (September 24, 2019) – The three people who were killed in a multi-vehicle crash Friday afternoon near Gibbon have been identified by the authorities as Ryan Vanicek, 37, of Schuyler, Daniel Seelhoff, 50, of Lincoln and Scott Gaylord, 54, also of Lincoln.

The fatal crash happened around 3:00 p.m. September 22, on Interstate 80.

NSP said traffic had slowed as it was entering a construction zone on eastbound I-80 when a semi-tractor/truck trailer failed to slow down and struck the traffic from the rear.

The impact caused a chain reaction, involving seven vehicles. Vanicek’s Chevrolet Silverado was the first vehicle to be hit by the semi. Vanicek was flown to a Kearney hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Seelhoff, who was a passenger in the Silverado, was declared dead at the scene.

Gaylord was driving a Chevrolet Equinox. He was rushed to a Kearney hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Three other people sustained injuries in the crash. They are expected to recover.

The semi driver, Kenneth Kratt, 34, of Madera, California, sustained minor injuries in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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The information for this article was obtained from public media and is informational purposes. We understand this is a difficult time for the family of those affected by a tragic accident, and we offer our sincere condolences. While the idea of hiring a law firm may not feel appropriate at this time, as a public service, we like to advise family the following:

1.       In most cases, it is very important to immediately begin securing evidence, including by not limited to photos of skid marks, photos of property damage, witness statements, the actual vehicle or other property involved in the incident, and other critical evidence before it disappears or is altered. 

2.       In Nebraska, it is illegal for anyone to contact the family by telephone or in-person to convince the family to hire a law firm or attorney unless the family contacted the law firm or attorney first.

3.       Nothing in this blog is intended to be legal advice.

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