GREENFIELD — Police are continuing to investigate another traffic accident involving a construction crew that injured two workers Thursday afternoon when a westbound semi struck their truck.
The collision that occurred on Interstate 70 near Ind. 9 involved construction crew members Willie Pittman, 26, and Mark Evans, 36, both of Indianapolis, according to Greenfield police reports. The men were injured when their truck was hit by a semi driven by Daniel Kebebe, 37, of Ohio.
Pittman was walking near his truck replacing road reflectors when the collision occurred at about 1:15 p.m. Thursday, according to police reports.
Witnesses told police traffic was beginning to slow in the left lane on the westbound portion of I-70 because of the construction. However, the semi never slowed as it traversed the right lane. The semi slammed into an arrow board directing traffic and forced it and the semi to collide with the truck Evans was driving. The semi then stopped in the eastbound lanes. Both Evans and Pittman were airlifted from the scene and taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital.
Kebebe was treated at Hancock Regional Hospital and released Thursday, said Greenfield Police Maj. Derek Towle.
Traffic was blocked in the westbound lanes for about four hours after the crash. All lanes were reopened by emergency responders shortly after 5:30 p.m.
A similar accident involving a Hancock County man resulted in the death of two construction workers earlier this month on I-69.
“During the summer is construction season for roadways, and we as drivers need to be very aware of those construction workers,” Towle said. “When you see construction, pay attention and get off the phones, definitely don’t be texting. You have to pay attention to what’s happening. There will be a lot of stopped or slowing down traffic.”
The Greenfield Police Department is continuing to investigate the crash.
Staff writer Noelle M. Steele contributed to this report.