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Multiple vehicles involved in major accident

Friday, December 7, 2007

No one sustained major injuries during two multi-vehicle accidents Friday evening that closed Interstate-70 for several hours. The semi tractor-trailer on the left jackknifed and broke apart, finally stopping in the median of the highway after colliding with a blue mini-van. Ivy Jackson Photo.
Two separate collisions within seconds of each other closed the westbound lane of Interstate-70 at the 23-mile marker Friday evening for several hours.

Although currently under investigation, officials believe two collisions made up one accident involving three semi tractor-trailers and a mini-van.

Emergency response personnel from Clay County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police, Jackson and Posey Township Volunteer Fire Departments, Clay County Search and Rescue and TransCare responded to the scene.

This tractor-trailer, which was carrying bags of dog food, was ripped open when it clipped a semi tractor-trailer at the I-70 on ramp at the 23-mile marker. It took more than four hours to clear the dog food and debris on the road, which spilled from inside the trailer for about a half-mile onto the westbound lane. Ivy Jackson Photo.
According to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, shortly before 4:40 p.m., a driver pulled a semi, which had undisclosed technical problems, in the area between the interstate and the on-ramp while waiting for a wrecker service.

Officials said the driver had the appropriate traffic hazard signs out on the road, but apparently the truck was partially sticking out in the westbound lane of I-70.

The driver of an oncoming westbound semi tractor-trailer filled with approximately 44,000 pounds of Iams dog food was unable slow down to avoid striking the first semi. The collision ripped open the trailer of the second semi and about a third of its contents spilled onto the westbound lane for about a half-mile before the driver could stop.

The back of the first semi was tore off and the load of heater coils spilled onto the roadway.

With flying dog food and heater coils spilling onto the interstate, the driver of a mini-van attempted to avoid hitting the first semi and swerved into the path of another semi tractor-trailer, which rear-ended the mini-van.

The third semi tractor-trailer jackknifed and broke apart, with the two pieces coming to rest in the median of the highway in opposite directions. The mini-van also came to a stop in the median a few yards away from the third semi.

While the eastbound lane of I-70 was unaffected by the accident, some westbound vehicles were allowed to pass around the accident scene before officials closed the highway at the 23-mile marker.

Members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police allowed several vehicles directly behind the accident on the interstate along with those stopped on the on-ramp to continue westward at a slowed pace.

At the same time, officials stopped vehicles before the I-70 off-ramp at the Brazil exit so drivers could exit onto State Road 59 to use other routes. The Indiana Department of Transportation placed signs in the area to help direct the traffic at the off-ramp.

Officials were amazed that no one involved in the accident sustained major injuries during the accident.

"Mother Nature will take care of cleaning the road now," CCSD Sgt. Dan Best said when it began to rain. "It is a miracle that no one was hurt worse."

It took several hours to clear the debris and dog food from the roadway so the interstate could be reopened.

At this time officials do not anticipate writing any citations to any of the individuals involved in this accident.

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It is unbelivable that there was not a person hurt in this terrible accident on I-70 last night. There has been so many deaths in the last month, I think that these people are just some of the people that have the right luck. I hope that we can have a peaceful Christmas coming up with no more deaths for us citizens to worry about.

Thank you


-- Posted by huntpro2008 on Sat, Dec 8, 2007, at 4:12 PM

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