I-70 open again after accident-filled morning

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HANCOCK COUNTY — Traffic is moving again on Interstate 70 through Hancock County after a series of weather-related crashes, including one that involved as many as 10 cars, clogged the roadway.

All lanes of westbound I-70 in Hancock County were closed for three hours Tuesday morning do to multiple slide-offs, officials said. Eastbound lanes of I-70 were also slowed because of crashes.

In all, more than 40 crashes were reported in the county before noon Tuesday, many of which were reported on I-70 west of the Greenfield exit, including one involving a jack-knifed semi.

At least four people were taken to area hospitals with injuries, though none were considered life threatening, police said.

Drivers are asked to slow down and use caution. Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation offer these driving tips to ensure you arrive to your destination safely:

  1. Slow down. Allow extra time to reach your destination. You don’t want to put yourself and others in a dangerous situation by being in a rush.
  2. Keep a safe distance between your car and others. Make sure your vehicle is following at a safe distance to stop. Do not tailgate, especially around snow plows, and try not to pass on snow-covered roads
  3. Focus only on driving. Be aware of your surroundings, drive defensively and be alert for others who are not driving safely.

 

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Noelle Steele is editor of the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3232 or nsteele@greenfieldreporter.com.