Construction workers injured in I-70 crash

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Two construction workers were critically injured in a crash that closed Interstate 70 in Hancock County Thursday.

Greenfield police say Mark Evans, 36, and Willie Pittman, 26, were injured when their construction truck was struck by a westbound semi near State Road 9. Police say Pittman was walking by the truck, replacing reflectors on the road when the truck was hit by the semi.

Witnesses say traffic in the left westbound lane was slowing down for the crew, but 37-year-old semi driver Daniel Kebebe of Blacklick, Ohio, never slowed down in the right lane. His semi crashed into the arrow board directing traffic, pushing it into the truck Evans was driving.

Both workers are in critical condition at IU Health Methodist Hospital. Pittman was airlifted from the scene.

The semi crossed the median and stopped in the eastbound lanes.

The crash happened around 1:15 p.m. Thursday and blocked traffic in both directions for more than two hours. The eastbound lanes of I-70 have reopened, but westbound traffic is still backed up, with traffic exiting the highway at SR 9 and then re-entering at that point.

Police are still investigating the crash.

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