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2 hurt in 5-vehicle chain-reaction Springfield wreck

One person who had to be cut from her wrecked car but wasn’t seriously injured in a rear-end, chain-reaction accident Monday afternoon that shut down U.S. Route 40/Ohio 4 and Upper Valley Pike for several hours.

According to a preliminary investigation, the driver of a box truck for a Chinese food supplier slid into the rear of a two-door Mercedes as the truck came over a hill headed east on Ohio 4, Trooper Tim Bullock, Ohio Highway Patrol, said Monday night.

That collision, which occurred at about 4:30 p.m. in the area of Ohio 4 and Upper Valley Pike, started a chain reaction that included two other cars and an SUV, Bullock said.

A 24-year-old woman in the Mercedes had to be cut from the wreckage of her car, but she was not seriously injured. She was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, Bullock said.

A woman driving a Chevrolet Malibu that was involved in the accident complained of pain but did not require a trip to a hospital, the trooper said. Her car ended up on top of one of the other vehicles in the pileup.

The driver of the truck, a 43-year-old male, was not injured.

He was cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance. He told troopers at the scene that he was traveling at 45 mph and applied the brakes when he realized the cars in front of him at come to a stop, Bullock said.

Traffic along westbound U.S. 40 was stopped for a time because of a fender bender, presumably because motorists trying to get a look at the wreckage from the chain-reaction accident.

The chain-reaction accident scene was cleared and the road was reopened at about 7:30 p.m., Bullock said.

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