The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened near 240th and Pacific Streets, just south of Waterloo, around 12:20 a.m. Friday when the southbound truck crossed the center line, hitting the motorcycle head-on.
Investigators say 37-year-old Scott Petersen was killed instantly. The Omaha Fire Department says Petersen was a hazardous materials technician who had been with the department for more than seven years. The married father also was a member of the state Urban Search and Rescue Team.
The truck driver, from Fremont, was not hurt. Police believe he may have been drinking alcohol before the crash.