I-70 temporarily shut down on Sunday


Traffic on I-70 eastbound came to a halt after a four-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has confirmed that a vehicle traveling westbound lost control and charged through the median along the highway, hitting three vehicles traveling in the opposite direction.

At least four people were taken to area hospitals. None of their injuries were considered life-threatening. The highway was temporarily shut down. Once authorities secured the scene, travelers were able to use the shoulder of the road to bypass the accident.

WHIO-TV’s John Bedell reported that troopers opened up all lanes of traffic at about 4:15 p.m.

The crash happened near the U.S. 40 exit, close to the 62 mile marker.

Elgin Channels, of Springfield, called the WHIO-TV newsroom at about 2:30 p.m. to say he’s caught in traffic and hasn’t moved for 20 minutes.

“Traffic is really bad,” he said. “There’s no way around.”

Sgt. Tiffiany Coriell, of the highway patrol’s Springfield post, said there are no outward signs that alcohol or drug use was a factor in the crash. The incident remains under investigation.

As of 4:50 p.m., police were still on scene taking witness statements.


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