College student from Minnesota killed in eclipse traffic in Nebraska

Joan Ocampo-Yambing was going into her sophomore year at Creighton University.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

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.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-10-29 at 3.19.05 PM

This video of the Lowry Hill Tunnel walls being cleaned is oddly satisfying

The tunnel will be closed overnight Thursday for cleaning.

gray wolf

Gray wolf removed from the endangered species list

A decision on whether they can be hunted in Minnesota will come later.

covid saliva test

Minnesota opening its 7th saliva testing location in St. Paul

The tests are free and open to anyone regardless of if they have symptoms.

pete stauber - qunn nystrom CD8

Election 2020 preview: Minnesota's 8th Congressional District

It's a race between incumbent Rep. Pete Stauber and Democratic challenger Quinn Nystrom.

coronavirus, covid-19, icu

Minnesota's COVID-19 hospitalizations increase by 27.5% in 24 hours

Bring Me The News confirmed that the dramatic increase is not a numbers error.

fire, flames

Lives saved as passerby, city workers rescue from 3 from Golden Valley fire

The Golden Valley Fire Department responded to the fire Wednesday morning.

Caribou Coffee Holiday 2020

Caribou Coffee rolls out holiday cups, menu early

The holiday season is underway at some Twin Cities stores, with a nationwide rollout planned for Nov. 5.

Malik Beasley

Charges: Timberwolves' Beasley pointed assault rifle at family on a home tour

The family was on the Parade of Homes tour when Beasley allegedly pointed the gun at them, telling them to get off his property.

Related

Here's a time-lapse video of the 2017 solar eclipse from Target Field

It was a little cloudy, but we still captured a pretty sweet video.

Watch: NASA has live coverage from 12 places for the total solar eclipse

Here's a way to watch the eclipse if you don't have those special glasses.

Photo map: Here's what the solar eclipse looked like around the country

The eclipse is believed to be the most photographed in history.

Amazon is giving refunds for worthless eclipse glasses

Scammers have been selling glasses that aren't really safe.

Mom dies from gunshot weeks after her son was killed by Amtrak officer

An event to honor the woman and her son is planned for Wednesday night.