Early morning crash leads to heavy county traffic

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HANCOCK COUNTY — Three different crashes along I-70 through Hancock and Henry counties early Tuesday turned the streets in Greenfield, including U.S. 40, into a bit of a nightmare for people trying to get through town.

Officials with the Greenfield Police Department posted on their website, “our officers are doing their best to keep it moving and we need your help! If you don’t have to be out driving, please stay put. If you do have to be out, please expect your trip to take a lot longer than you had planned. Also, if you can avoid main streets, that will help. Traffic is very congested all over the city with no end in sight. Please have patience and pray for the families that are living their nightmare today.”

Deputy chief Chuck McMichael said, the city was crash free as of around 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and officers were doing their best to deal with all of the traffic.

A semi-trailer truck driver died and another was taken to a hospital after their vehicles collided head-on early Tuesday morning on I-70 in Henry County, officials said. The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes and left all lanes of the interstate near Ind. 109 in Knightstown closed, officials from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department said.

A second crash happened around 8 a.m. involving two semis and one passenger vehicle on I-70 eastbound near the Fortville Pike, officials said. The second crash occurred in Hancock County where traffic was backed up due to the first crash. One of the semis in the second crash started smoking after the impact, police said.

Around 1 p.m. officials with the Hancock County EMA tweeted the scene had been cleared and a portion of the road reopened. However, all traffic was being diverted.

There was also a third crash between Ind. 9 and Grant City Road, about a mile east of Greenfield, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation. No details of that crash were reported by press time.

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