Two accidents in less than an hour on I-70 caused a traffic jam that spread emergency personnel thin late Friday afternoon.
The first accident, involving a semi-trailer and two cars, happened around 2:30 p.m. just east of the 23 mile marker, creating a traffic jam in the eastbound lane of I-70.
As lines of traffic began to form, a second accident involving five cars occurred between the 17 and 18 mile markers of the same lane around 3:15 p.m.
Responders requested that the eastbound Terre Haute on-ramp at mile marker 11 was shut down and traffic re-routed to help reduce further backup.
Members of the Indiana State Police and Clay County Sheriff's Department worked both accident scenes while victims were assisted by Clay County Search and Rescue and members of Jackson Township, Posey, Lewis and Riley volunteer fire departments.
WTHI-TV warned motorists to steer clear of the west side of Brazil, but around 5:15 p.m. departments were beginning to be released from the scene of the accidents
Details were sketchy as of press time because officers were still on the scene, but 911 dispatchers were able to confirm at least two victims were taken by Trans-Care to Regional Hospital in Terre Haute and one was taken by Air-Evac to a hospital in Indianapolis.