College student from Minnesota killed in eclipse traffic in Nebraska

Joan Ocampo-Yambing was going into her sophomore year at Creighton University.

A 19-year-old college student from Minnesota was killed in a crash on Interstate 80 in Omaha on Monday. 

Joan Ocampo-Yambing, of Rosemount, was traveling in a Toyota Prius with three other Creighton University students when a semi-truck hit their car from behind at around 10 a.m., KETV says

After hitting the Prius, the semi-truck also slammed into a Chrysler Sebring, coming to rest on top of it, KETV notes. 

Ocampo-Yambing and five others – two people from the Sebring and three from the Prius – were brought to the hospital, WOWT reports. Ocampo-Yambing, who was in the back of the Prius, was pronounced dead at the hospital. 

She was traveling to see the solar eclipse

Police say the truck driver didn't notice traffic had slowed down, with various media outlets reporting traffic was moving slowly in the area because so many people were traveling to see the total solar eclipse.

A friend of Ocampo-Yambing told WOWT that she was on her way to Lincoln, Nebraska, Monday to take in the solar eclipse. 

There was a vigil held for Ocampo-Yambing at Creighton in Omaha Tuesday, with the Omaha World-Herald reporting about 800 people attended.

Those who knew her have been sharing their memories of her on Facebook, describing her as kind, sweet, and someone who could always make you smile.

Ocampo-Yambing was going into her sophomore year at Creighton, the Omaha World-Herald says. She was studying computer science, and tweeted last week about self-publishing a book of poetry.

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