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Fatal crash involving semis closes Interstate 70 in western Indiana

INDOT reported two semis were involved in the crash, with one of the trucks catching fire.

CLAY COUNTY, Ind. — Interstate 70 was closed in both directions for multiple hours in western Indiana after a fatal crash involving two semis. 

(NOTE: The video in the player above is from a June 28 report on crashes in construction zones on Indiana highways.)

State police say the crash happened in the westbound lanes at the 26-mile marker in Clay County. Traffic heading west on the interstate was diverted at the Cloverdale exit (Exit 41), while eastbound traffic exited at the SR 59 exit for Brazil (Exit 23).

Indiana State Police Sgt. Matt Ames urged drivers to use caution in the area, noting that "the cleanup is going to be extensive."

An INDOT alert about the crash reported two semis were involved in the crash around 8 p.m. Tuesday. One of the semis reportedly caught fire.

INDOT said all lanes were open in both directions as of Wednesday at 6 a.m.

A photo taken by a witness showed a plume of dark gray smoke rising from the crash scene. 

No further details about the crash are available at this time. 

This story will be updated as more information is confirmed.

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