Fiery semi crash closes Interstate 70

GREENFIELD — All four lanes of Interstate 70 were closed for several hours Saturday after two semitrailers collided in a fiery crash near State Road 9, officials said.

The two trucks were headed westbound on I-70 near the 104 mile marker when one rear-ended the other just before 3 p.m.

Both drivers escaped the crash with only minor injuries, but the collision caused one truck to catch fire, and the flames spread quickly through the rest of the rig and into the grassy median nearby.

It took fire crews more than 40 minutes to douse the blaze, according to dispatch records.

Billowing black smoke from the truck fire caused traffic in all four lanes of the interstate to come to a halt while emergency crews worked to clear the area, officials said.

Eastbound lanes of I-70 were closed for about two hours following the accident; the westbound lanes remained closed until after 6 p.m.

Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or