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Deadly semi crash closes I-70 near Plainfield

Multiple trucks were involved in a Sunday morning crash in the construction zone west of State Road 267.

PLAINFIELD, Ind. — A deadly crash involving multiple semi-trailers closed Interstate 70 in both directions Sunday morning in the construction zone west of State Road 267 in Plainfield.

According to INDOT, three semi-trucks and an SUV were involved in the crash shortly before 10 a.m.

One of the trucks was on its side blocking all lanes.

Two people were originally confirmed dead at the scene by INDOT, with multiple other people entrapped. That number has since been corrected to a single fatality, not two.

The person who died was a semi-truck driver. Indiana State Police said another semi-truck driver was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries. 

Authorities have not identified any of the victims.

Crash investigators determined a semi-truck going east on I-70 lost control in the construction zone and jackknifed, then, crashed through the concrete barrier wall. Then, a semi-truck driving west on I-70 hit the jackknifed semi head-on. A trailer being pulled by a third semi-truck was damaged, and a passenger car got caught up in the wreckage.  

The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation, ISP said heavy rain could have contributed to the crash.   

Just before 4 p.m., ISP reported all westbound lanes of I-70 were still closed and would remain closed. One eastbound lane is now open. 

Traffic heading west can divert at Ronald Reagan Parkway to U.S. 40 to bypass the crash scene, which will require hours of accident reconstruction and crash cleanup.

Traffic heading east on I-70 toward Indianapolis can exit at State Road 39 and use U.S. 40 as a detour route.

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