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I-70 accident causes congestion in Brazil

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A single vehicle accident on Interstate 70 Wednesday morning congested traffic for miles along the westbound lane of U.S. 40 and in Brazil.

According to information provided by the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, shortly after 10:30 a.m., a pickup truck with a flatbed trailer carrying a backhoe jack-knifed for unknown reasons.

No injuries were reported at the scene, but officials confirmed the wreckage was spewed across both lanes of westbound traffic near the 40-mile marker of the interstate.

Officials closed the road to clear the wreckage and rerouted westbound traffic onto U.S. 40.

The interstate was reopened at approximately 12:49 p.m., but officials say that it took a while for the backed up traffic in the west lane to clear along the highway.

As motorists from the interstate worked their way toward Brazil so they could return back to I-70, the congestion of traffic at the intersection of U.S. 40 and State Road 59 became overwhelming in the west part of town.

As local residents scrambled to find shortcuts on other streets in an effort to avoid using U.S. 40, frustrated law enforcement officers tried to control traffic.

A complete version of this story will run in Thursday's edition of The Brazil Times.

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