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Crash closes I-70 eastbound in Hancock County for 3rd straight night

Each night this week, a crash near the 111-mile marker has halted traffic on Interstate 70 east of Greenfield.
Credit: INDOT
Traffic is backed up on I-70 eastbound in Hancock County due to a crash.

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. — For the third night in a row, all lanes of Interstate 70 eastbound are closed in Hancock County due to a crash.

Late Wednesday evening, a crash was reported in the eastbound lanes of the interstate near the 111-mile marker. That location is close to SR 109, about seven miles east of the Greenfield exit for SR 9.

According to a tweet from INDOT, the eastbound lanes of I-70 are expected to be closed for three hours Wednesday night, which would extend until about 11 p.m. INDOT reported three semis were involved in a crash at the scene.

A message from INDOT just before 10:30 p.m. noted that the eastbound lanes of the interstate had been reopened, but Greenfield Police tweeted that the backup was significant.

Tuesday, a vehicle fire at the same mile marker closed both directions of I-70 for a period of time. The eastbound lanes, where the fire occurred, were closed around 7:15 p.m. and reopened about four-and-a-half hours later. 

The night before, a crash reportedly involving several semis at the 111-mile marker closed the eastbound lanes from around 9 p.m. until about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, another four-plus-hour delay. 

Construction in the area has already caused backups on the interstate. To help keep drivers informed, Hancock County dispatchers have been promoting a way for motorists to receive text alerts about I-70 traffic status to their phones. Drivers can sign up for the alerts by texting "I70HANCOCK" to 226787. 

Get live traffic information anytime at WTHR.com/traffic.