I-69 in Huntington County open again following morning crash

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Southbound I-69 just north of Huntington has re-opened after a crash involving two semis and up to five cars closed the interstate for several hours.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Ron Galaviz tells Eyewitness News that a van traveling southbound at around 9am lost control and slid off the highway across the median into northbound traffic.

The van struck a semi trailer, which in turn went across the median into southbound traffic, striking a number of vehicles. In all, two semi trailers and five vehicles were damaged in the crash.

One of the semi drivers had minor injuries including cuts and bruises. No other injuries were reported.

"It was snowing. The road was snow-covered. Troopers had been reporting all morning that the roadways were slick. We've had a number of slide-offs and crashes in Fort Wayne, which is about 25 miles to the north. So it's been a busy morning before this even happened," said Sgt. Galaviz. "Even in the back-up, people are driving to fast. We have troopers at the back of the line of traffic trying to get people to slow down. People's driving behavior overall has been pretty decent but we've had some slide-offs, a couple of secondary crashes here and there. But you know, it's the winter. We're in the Midwest. This isn't anything new. This isn't an anomaly. This is the norm and unfortunately some of the driving behavior has not caught up yet."

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Other trouble spots as of 10:30 am Wednesday include I-70 westbound in Putnam County between exits 37 (IN 243) and 23 (IN 59) about five miles west of Cloverdale. A crash involving a semi trailer closed the westbound lanes.